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
3/3/2014 4:28:00 PM
Governing magazine reports on Chicago's community colleges goal to match skilled graduates with jobs in their field.
2/13/2014 4:32:00 PM
Joyce joins grantees at White House to call for an end to long-term unemployment and launch new grant competition program.
2/3/2014 8:00:00 AM
Joyce-funded event shows how federal funds impact local job training programs