Career Pathways Initiative

Next Level Resources

Effective planning and decision-making processes, and the right operational infrastructure, can help Boards build their capacity to shift into new roles. The tools and resources included in this section are intended for this purpose. They can help WIBs set a course for their own evolution, manage through uncertainty, and step up to new challenges.

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Creating Highly Effective Boards Training Curriculum
The goal of this training curriculum is to provide a solid foundation to board chairs, members, and staff on the various roles within the workforce development system and to help board members increase their strategic approach to workforce system design within their communities. The curriculum includes a PPT with full talking points, activity guides, and participant handouts. Developed by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training (ETA) and Social Policy Research Associates (SPR). [Trainer Guide and Slide Deck, 2013]
Collaborate: Leading Regional Innovation Clusters
The Council on Competitiveness developed this guide to building the capacity of leaders in regions to accelerate economic recovery or reinvention and increase community well-being. It looks specifically at the habits and structures required for successful regional leadership -- from the role of intermediaries and why they matter to the importance of storytelling and the value of experimenting. Because regional leadership is by definition collaborative and consensus driven, the content and findings (case study-driven) may have particular relevance for Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) working on these same or parallel issues in similar ways. [Report, 2010]
Fully Articulating Your Vision: Using Logic Models to Support Innovation
This web-based, self-guided tutorial provides an introduction and basic instruction for working with logic models (or theories of change). A foundation for effective strategy and program planning, logic models help put ideas into action and align broad-based community change efforts. The tutorial, originally designed to support the US Department of Labor's Workforce Innovation Fund planning process, outlines the process of creating a logic model, and provides case-study examples of its major components: Inputs, Activities, Outputs, and Outcomes. Created by Social Policy Research Associates (SPR). [Web recording & accompanying slidedeck, 2012]
Illuminate. Asset Mapping Roadmap: A Guide to Assessing Regional Development Resources
This Council on Competitiveness technical assistance guide outlines a process for "asset mapping" tailored to the needs of communities seeking to advance regional economic recovery or growth strategies. The guide explains the nature of asset mapping and offers tools that may be helpful to regional teams engaged in this work. Tools include: process guides, checklists, employer and stakeholders surveys and interview guides, and potential data sources. Asset mapping examples are also provided. For Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) interested in playing a role in the economic recovery of their regions, this guide offers one way forward and the ability for WIBs to select the tools that are best suited to their needs. [Guide, 2008]
Mapping Change: Using a Theory of Change to Guide Planning and Evaluation
A brief process guide, this Grantcraft publication provides and introduction to theory-of-change and logic model process and problem solving methodologies. Private and corporate foundations and government agencies are promoting the use of these kinds of tools to encourage more rigorous and disciplined policy and program design, invite cross-agency collaboration, and improve target-setting and performance measurement. Definitions of terms, Q&A, and guiding questions intended to help community leaders apply theory-of-change methods are provided. [Guide, 2006]
Six Theory of Change Pitfalls to Avoid
This article, featured on the Stanford Social Innovation Review blog, identifies six common pitfalls when creating or updating a theory of change. For WIBs new to the theory-of-change process, or even for those looking to improve, such lessons can provide useful guidance for their own sound approaches. [Blog, 2012] [Blog]