TANF/WIOA Resource Hub

New and Trending Topics

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

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This blog post from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is the fifth installment in a series profiling human services programs across the country that are working to help move families out of poverty. This post focuses on improvements made to the child care subsidy system after the 2014 reauthorization of the Child Care Development Block Grant Act and highlights a program in New York City that works with young parents to improve family outcomes.

Stakeholder Resource
This article from Social Solutions looks at how understanding the employer perspective is a key to successful engagement between workforce programs and employers. Employers rely on workforce development organizations to help them understand and navigate services and programs; successful engagement with employers involves doing not just talking and discussing but more action and results. The article outlines five steps for building collaborative business services, including: proactively...
Research-To-Practice Brief
This issue brief from Mathematica Policy Research discusses the under representation of women in skilled-trade jobs throughout the United States, and its contribution to the gender wage gap. Using data from a sample of Registered Apprenticeship, Trade Adjustment Assistance, and Job Corps participants, the study also suggested ways to increase training and employment opportunities for women in these fields, and thereby increase their pay.

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 report evaluates the early impacts of the Year Up program. Year Up is a national training program for youth between 18-24 years of age. It provides individuals with 6 months of full-time training in IT and financial service sectors, followed by a 6-month internship, with an emphasis on professional and technical skills development. Findings indicate that Year Up participants reported higher-than-average earnings after assignment, as well as high satisfaction rates within the classroom....
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This brief from the Urban Institute analyzes young adults who progressed through initial career pathway programs to eventually secure middle-skill jobs in their industries. Though Career Pathway programs are a promising model, there is less data available about workers who move past the initial entry level job and on to higher wages. The findings from the data used for this brief show that obtaining more than one credential can support career advancement.

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 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides food assistance to low-income individuals and families. SNAP funding also includes resources dedicated to employment and training services. SNAP Employment and Training (SNAP E...
Stakeholder Resource
American Job Centers (AJC), which are also known as One-Stop Centers, are designed to provide a full range of assistance to job seekers in one building, and the resources are also available on one website. Established under the Workforce Investment Act, and reauthorized in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act of 2014, the centers offer training referrals, career counseling, job listings, and other employment-related services. The website offers users the ability to find local...
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The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is the first federal legislative reform of the public workforce system in over 16 years. It presents unique opportunities to increase the economic opportunities and stability of disadvantaged jobseekers. The state of Maryland became one of only 29 states and 2 territories that opted to develop a Combined State Plan which aligns its workforce and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs across the state, requiring its 12 Local...

Performance

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

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The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is the first federal legislative reform of the public workforce system in over 16 years. It presents unique opportunities to increase the economic opportunities and stability of disadvantaged jobseekers. The state of Maryland became one of only 29 states and 2 territories that opted to develop a Combined State Plan which aligns its workforce and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs across the state, requiring its 12 Local...
Policy Announcement / Memoranda

ETA is excited to announce the launch of a national cohort of states focusing on partnership of WIOA Titles 1 & 3, TANF Employment & Training and SNAP Employment & Training agencies and programs. This is a prestigious opportunity to work with your peers from across the country in an organized setting to tackle the challenges faced by states in leveraging funding and resources and integrating services—and explore models to develop an action plan to help advance your goals. Both...

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,...

State Plan Development

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

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The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is the first federal legislative reform of the public workforce system in over 16 years. It presents unique opportunities to increase the economic opportunities and stability of disadvantaged jobseekers. The state of Maryland became one of only 29 states and 2 territories that opted to develop a Combined State Plan which aligns its workforce and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs across the state, requiring its 12 Local...
Webinar / Webcast
This virtual roundtable, to be convened on December 6 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST, is a continuation of technical assistance around the requirements of the one-stop delivery system's memorandum of understanding (MOU) negotiations as called for under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The goal of this roundtable is to break down silos, bring partner programs to the table, and have a larger discussion on their experiences with local negotiations.
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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...

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.

Stakeholder Resource
A new HHS series “Self Sufficiency Series: Solutions from the Field” will highlight programs that promote employment for those with substance abuse disorders. The series will feature blog posts and profiles on programs that are working well in local communities, especially those working with low-income and hard-to-service families. "Putting People at the Center" is the first blog in the series.
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Despite the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, people with disabilities still experience unemployment rates higher than the national average, thus experiencing poverty and economic insecurity higher than those without disabilities. The National Conference of State Legislatures and the Council of State Governments partnered to convene the National Task Force on Workforce Development for People with Disabilities. The Work Matters report outlines the culmination of this...
Journal Article
This article, published in the IZA Journal of Labor Policy, highlights the prevalence of workplace accommodations and how they reduce employment barriers and increase access for people with disabilities. The article finds that people with disabilities that are not working cite employment barriers that could be addressed by accommodations. Additionally, people with poorer health are less likely to get needed accommodations in the workplace. Most importantly, the article highlights that...