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
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
White House praises Joyce-supported program that helps underprepared adults get well-paying jobs in their communities.
7/31/2014 9:05:00 AM
Swanson will help guide the development of strategic approaches to reach public policy goals across the Foundation’s six program areas.