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

12/4/2014 9:21:00 AM

Top U.S. Community Colleges Commit to Collectively Graduating Additional 6,500 Students by 2020

New $100,000 Aspen Prize award for “Most Improved” in student success, also announced.​

12/2/2014 9:35:00 AM

More Than Half of Small Business Owners Can’t Find Job Candidates with the Right Skills

Small Business Majority poll shows that small business owners are hiring, but the skills gap continues to be a challenge.​

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.​


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