TANF/WIOA Resource Hub

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These resources include relevant and timely information on TANF and WIOA collaboration strategies and trends.

Toolkit
This resource highlights six strategies and practical steps faith-based organizations can take when helping their communities prevent and heal from the effects of the opioid crisis. These strategies include opening doors and offering space for recovery programs and support groups, as well as increasing awareness, reducing stigma, and encouraging compassion through understanding of the condition. Additionally, building and restoring community capacity and the presence of faith-based...
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Low-income families and people of color often struggle to find safe neighborhoods to live in due to high housing costs and discrimination. These challenges lead to economically segregated neighborhoods that suffer from neglect, inadequate services, and high levels of crime, which prevents residents from moving out of poverty. This report from the US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty summarizes the research on the four ways that neighborhoods can negatively impact the lives of their residents...
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Self-regulation skills, which research suggests are important for goal setting, help individuals achieve employment goals. In this report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, the self-regulation skills that have an impact on employment are discussed, as well as the ways in which environmental factors like poverty can hurt development of these skills. The report also includes advice for...

TANF/WIOA General Information

These resources provide general information on TANF and WIOA, strategies for building collaborations between TANF and workforce agencies, and regulatory and policy guidance.

Fact / Tip Sheet
This WorkforceGPS desk reference on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides information for state and local boards on serving priority populations using WIOA Adult funds. Those priority populations include recipients of public assistance, low-income individuals, individuals who are basic skills deficient, and veterans. The desk reference also includes definitions of each priority population and provides links to additional guidance and resources on WIOA.
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While the decline in the manufacturing sector led to a decrease in the number of good jobs available to individuals with only a high school diploma, there are still good jobs available without a bachelor’s degree (B.A.). This report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce finds that there are over 30 million jobs in the U.S. with a median salary of $55,000 a year that do not require a B.A. Many of those jobs are in skilled service sectors such as financial services...
Fact / Tip Sheet
In this fact sheet from the Urban Institute, several ways in which states can promote economic development through investment in the workforce are profiled. Occupational and job training, customized training programs, workforce intermediaries, and apprenticeship programs are all discussed as strategies to help states build a skilled labor pool. In turn, the influx of skilled workers can promote economic development by meeting employer needs and supporting the growth of new business.

Career Pathways

These resources provide strategies for TANF and WIOA collaboration on career pathways efforts that connect participants to employment and advancement opportunities.

Toolkit

The Office of Family Assistance launched the Career Pathways: Catalog of Toolkits, an online directory of free resources available for planning a Career Pathways initiative. Toolkits in this Catalog provide clear action steps for starting a Career Pathways initiative and help different sectors - education, workforce, human services, industry, and policy - learn to communicate with each other about resources and priorities.

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This reference resource from the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation is a guide for the use of cost-benefit analyses (CBAs) to be conducted at six of the nine Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) programs that are part of the Career Pathways Intermediate Outcomes (CPIO) study. The study looks at how to monetize and determine the cost and benefits of the net present value (NPV), which can be a useful tool to policymakers when making decisions about what works in employment...
Toolkit
Work-based learning combines paid training at a work site with classroom education that leads to an industry-recognized credential. This National Skills Coalition toolkit provides resources to state policymakers and advocates who want to implement paid work-based learning programs for out-of-school youth and disadvantaged adults. The toolkit explains key policies that support work-based learning, provides examples of current state and local work-based learning practices, and provides a...

One-Stop Operations

These resources include information on WIOA One-Stop operations, including customer service and partnership strategies aimed at providing job seekers with high-quality, comprehensive career and supportive services.

Stakeholder Resource
The Innovation & Opportunity Network created these five illustrated customer scenarios to demonstrate how different types of customers would access services in a high-quality American Job Center. These scenarios are designed to help train staff on how to help five common types of customers find employment: individuals with disabilities, farmworkers, justice-involved individuals, and single mothers. Each scenario is fully illustrated and contains definitions and links to additional resources.
Report
This report analyzes the impact of the cliff effect on social services recipients in the Cincinnati area to determine how to mitigate it. The Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation partnered with Design Impact and CityLink to conduct in-depth research on the cliff effect and then used design thinking to propose a solution. Through their research, the team found that people were not financially worse off after losing benefits due to a wage increase, but they felt worse because their...
Webinar / Webcast
Newly released joint guidance provides direction for the implementation of operational requirements under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) pertaining to the one-stop delivery system. Under WIOA, workforce development, education, and human services partners are encouraged to provide streamlined and efficient career services for all customers through the American Job Center Network. This webinar was the first in a series of technical assistance resources being provided to the...

Performance

These resources share information on WIOA performance measures and potential strategies for aligning these measures with TANF work requirements.

Research-To-Practice Brief
This MDRC brief is part of a series that documents the implementation of the Change Capital Fund, an economic mobility initiative in New York City. The Change Capital Fund was a consortium of donors who invested in local community development corporations that were pursuing antipoverty strategies that integrated housing, education, and employment services. In this brief, the authors focus on how the Change Capital fund used program data as a tool for continuous learning and improvement,...
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When TANF became law in 1996, welfare recipients were required to engage in work participation activities, and states were required to have 50 percent of their TANF cases meet these participation requirements. The intention of requiring individuals to engage in these activities was to assist individuals in gaining employment and becoming economically self-sufficient. However, the rates at which TANF recipients meet the participation requirements and transition into employment consistent with...
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The U.S. Department of Labor funded this national scan to collect information on the research and evaluation capacity of state workforce agencies. The scan included 41 states, and the researchers from the National Association of State Workforce Agencies conducted site visits to Ohio and Washington, two states that have substantial research and evaluation capacity. Three quarters of the agencies reported having at least one unit that initiates research and evaluation efforts, but a majority of...

State Plan Development

These resources provide information and strategies on the development and implementation of WIOA State Plans.

Report
This series from MDRC explores what networks of organizations can accomplish in communities. The researchers are focusing on nine Chicago neighborhoods, combining social network analysis with in-depth interviews to see how community organizations can collaborate with one another on local improvement projects. Specifically, the researchers are studying how networks affect the power of individual community groups, how networks promote effective partnerships, how those partnerships can unite...
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Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), public workforce programs were encouraged to make stronger partnerships with TANF. In this report, the Center on Law and Social Policy detailed the findings of a survey conducted in 2016 on the degree of coordination between TANF and workforce programs during the early implementation of WIOA. According to the survey results, state officials were very interested in improving coordination between WIOA and TANF, but only modest changes had...
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Work-based learning opportunities are a critical tool for filling skills gaps for positions that require some education or training past high school. This scan from the National Skills Coalition identifies the policies that all 50 states and the District of Columbia have implemented to encourage work-based learning opportunities. The authors found that 35 states had at least one of the following policies: expansion initiatives, employer subsidies, pre-apprenticeships or youth apprenticeships,...

Target Populations

These resources provide information on shared target populations for both TANF and WIOA programs, including youth and participants with multiple barriers to employment.

Toolkit
Work-based learning combines paid training at a work site with classroom education that leads to an industry-recognized credential. This National Skills Coalition toolkit provides resources to state policymakers and advocates who want to implement paid work-based learning programs for out-of-school youth and disadvantaged adults. The toolkit explains key policies that support work-based learning, provides examples of current state and local work-based learning practices, and provides a...
Toolkit
WorkforceGPS compiled this list of resources to serve the populations with barriers to employment that are targeted by H1-B TechHire grants. These populations include youth and young adults (ages 17-29), individuals with disabilities, individuals with limited English proficiency, and individuals with criminal records. There are resources tailored to each population, including toolkits, assessments, and manuals, to help them overcome their barriers and obtain employment.
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Youth aging out of the foster care system face a variety of challenges, but building healthy and supportive relationships can help improve their outcomes. This Brookings Institution report highlights experiences from recent relationship-building programs targeted toward foster youth. The authors found four important lessons that researchers and policymakers can use when designing relationship-building programs for foster youth. Those lessons include the need for child welfare agencies to...