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
4/1/2013 11:59:00 AM
Joyce Foundation staff speaks during philanthropy conference in Chicago April 7-9 in Chicago
3/21/2013 2:42:00 PM
Joyce Foundation and Hitachi Foundation partner with AP-NORC to seek perspectives from lower-wage workers and their employers.
2/28/2013 5:05:00 PM
Joyce Foundation initiative promoted in DOE's latest newsletter.