Improving the quality of life in the Great Lakes region and across the country.

Shifting Gears

Shifting Gears

An initiative to bolster efforts in six Midwest states to help working-age adults who need to expand their skills.

Skills For Chicagoland's Future

Skills For Chicagoland's Future

New City Of Chicago And Cook County Program To Put Chicagoans Back To Work

Employment Program

Employment Program

Creating Economic Opportunity


Basic Foundational Skills

Employment Program Strategy: Basic Foundational Skills

Goal: Provide underprepared adults in the region with the basic foundational skills needed to be successful in 21st century work and technical training.

Theory of Change: Rigorous evaluation, supportive federal and state policies, and capacity building are needed to take promising basic foundational skills strategies to scale.

The Joyce Approach

Evaluate Promising Adult Education Practices

  • Support efforts to improve government data collection in order to be able to regularly evaluate various programmatic interventions.
  • Co-fund rigorous evaluation of “bridge programs” (e.g. Accelerating Opportunity; federal Innovative Strategies for Increasing Self-Sufficiency career pathways effort).
  • Fund behavioral research to understand adult worker decision-making and identify effective incentives to increase skill building among low-income adult workers.

Build Field Capacity to Scale Promising Practices

  • Reform public policies to support scaling of promising practice.
  • Consider support for a national Career Pathways Alliance to establish voluntary standards of accountability.
  • Support learning networks and deployment of information tools.

Latest News From The Employment Program

4/16/2014 2:58:00 PM

President Highlights Investments In Job-driven Training Programs

Joyce is one of six philanthropies assisting grantees in scaling their work.

3/24/2014 12:07:00 PM

President Promotes Jobs Training At Valencia Community College

First Aspen Prize winner represents what’s best in community colleges.

3/19/2014 9:35:00 AM

Pay For Success In Workforce Development

New report from the Nonprofit Finance Fund explores new funding model and its application to skills training.


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