Measuring Impact: Evaluation

As the National Fund for Workforce Solutions looks back on five years and enters a new stage of implementation in expanding its capacity and reach,  it has partnered with Program and Policy Insight, LLC to evaluate findings drawn from the most recent annual submissions of regional collaborative and workforce partnership data.  

Findings from this data brief show that the National Fund is making meaningful progress in reaching these four goals:

1) Development of a national network of collaboratives and sector-based workforce partnerships;

2) Facilitation of employment and advancement of low-income workers;

3) Assisting employers to meet their human resource needs, and

4) Investment in a systems change agenda that addresses the needs of both employers and low-income workers.

Key findings include:

  • More than three-quarters or 75 percent of collaboratives reported some change in education and institutional practices, with the most commonly reported change in curricula and design with more modest success in changing employer practices, such as hiring and opportunities for advancement
  • Three-fourths of collaboratives showed moderate to high fidelity to the National Fund model
  • There appeared to be a higher level of fidelity by collaboratives related to success in systems change activities with higher fidelity associated with overall outcomes for participants, employer and systems change.

One cornerstone priority of the National Fund’s innovative model is to engage in system change activities at the national and local level.  The principal components of the National Fund’s systems change work are to support the development of collaboratives and workforce partnerships, advocacy to influence national workforce policy, and partnering in national initiatives to influence employer and institutional practices.  It is clear that the major output of NFWS was meeting the goal of collaborative development. Yet  among its most significant achievements was the development of new, demand-driven workforce partnership models; realization of substantive changes in public policy to support workforce development and building of new regional leadership mechanisms to catalyze change and promote workforce innovation.

The 2013 Data Brief includes a report on the performance of the National Fund against key goals for collaboratives, funds raised, individuals and employers served and analysis of the types of services individuals and employers receive, the different industry focus of partnerships, individual demographics and key outcomes such as credentials, job placement, retention and wage increases and advancement for individuals

The National Fund National Evaluation The First Five Years  from the 2013 Annual Meeting summarizes key features and accomplishments of the National Fund.  


Local Evaluations

Regional collaboratives undergo independent evaluations ithat assess its effectiveness in measuring impact in achieving workforce development goals.  Here are several examples of collaborative evaluation findings.