Career Pathways Initiative

System Builder Resources

One of the key principles of WIA is a commitment to streamlining services through alignment. This section focuses on strategic partnerships and collaborative service design in service of system-level improvements – better aligned programs and services and complementary investment strategies across programs and agencies, for example. Resources in this section provide research and examples of:

  • Convening industry and regional partners and stakeholders to advance common goals.
  • Aligning performance measures, investments, policies, even operations – customer contact and outcome reporting, for example – across workforce programs and partner programs, such as education and economic development.
  • Leveraging program resources and services to maximize the impact of all resources invested in common workforce outcomes.
  • Building the capacity of all partners in the system to deliver excellent workforce services that meet the needs of their communities.

Many Workforce Boards have embraced the role of system building. They are increasingly working across programs and agencies to improve programs and services and meet community needs in efficient, effective, and sustainable ways. We have included a range of tools and resources to help WIBs build their own capacity to fulfill this role and that of their partner agencies and stakeholders.

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Data Transparency (Lexington, Chicago, New Jersey)
This collection of sites exemplifies how cities and counties are making their data open to the public, enhancing collaboration and increasing transparency around the use of public money, which can serve as examples for Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) seeking to engage broader constituencies in policy making, priority setting, and problem solving around workforce issues in their communities. [links to resources, videos, 2013]
Demonstrating Performance Outcomes to Diversify Funding
On this blog talk radio show, Bojan Cubela of Social Solutions and Bruce Wantuch of Milwaukee Area Workforce Board share their insights about Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) and storytelling. They point to ways WIBs can better communicate their impact through performance measures combined with narrative. They argue that documenting success in compelling ways can open up more diverse funding and other opportunities for WIBs and their partners, and cite tools and resources (including software) that can helps WIBs transform compliance and grant reporting into powerful stories that accomplish this. [Recording, February 5, 2013]