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



Employment Program Strategy: Innovation

Goal: Identify, develop, test and promote ideas with the potential to create step-change improvement in pursuit of the Employment Program’s goals, and that don’t currently have a champion or a natural home; also, cultivate innovative thinking in the workforce development community.

Theory of Change:  The identification and cultivation of new approaches to skill development has the potential to improve program effectiveness, expand access, lower cost, build new supporting constituencies, etc. Because public organizations underinvest in such innovation, Joyce investment in this area can generate a step-change improvement in the field.

The Joyce Approach

Generate New Ideas

  • Fund partner organizations to manage specific idea-generation processes that might include prize competitions, invention convenings, innovators-in-residence, or other techniques.

Develop and Test New Ideas

  • Identify promising, transformative ideas and fund the development and testing of those ideas through the relevant partners.

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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