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

9/4/2014 8:05:00 AM

Ten Finalists Named for 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence

Best practices identified and implemented among the nation’s top ten, eligible for the biannual $1 million prize.

8/13/2014 11:17:00 AM

Minnesota FastTRAC Is A National Model of Excellent Workforce Development

White House praises Joyce-supported program that helps underprepared adults get well-paying jobs in their communities.

7/31/2014 9:05:00 AM

Beth Swanson Named Joyce Foundation VP Of Strategy And Programs

Swanson will help guide the development of strategic approaches to reach public policy goals across the Foundation’s six program areas.


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