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

10/29/2014 9:17:00 AM

Learning Science and Personal Success Skills: A Path to Redemption for Education Innovation

Employment Program Officer Matthew Muench blogs about the future of edtech for 1776.​

10/16/2014 11:06:00 AM

Beyond The Skills Gap: Making Education Work for Students, Employers, and Communities

Joyce-supported research finds that public policy can improve adult education and help get Americans back to work.

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.


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