To help states build capacity for innovation and interventions across the workforce system to support a more equitable economic recovery, 10 governors were selected to join the inaugural cohort of the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices Workforce Innovation Network. State teams from Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Hawai‘i, Illinois, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, and Washington received funding in March 2021 to design, launch, and scale innovations to improve their jobseeker service delivery systems.
Field Connections / Contact Information
The 2019-2020 Policy Academy for Innovative Employment Strategies (PAIES) was an intensive technical assistance experience. Sponsored by the Office of Family Assistance (OFA), the Academy helped participating sites improve coaching and career pathways approaches. This PAIES brief entitled "Building Systems Change Through Staff Engagement" informs TANF leadership about strategies to effectively engage staff to inform systems change. It shares key takeaways from the PAIES experience of the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services, Nevada’s TANF agency.
Profile / Case Study
The Office of Family Assistance’s (OFA) Policy Academy for Innovative Employment Strategies (PAIES) was an intensive technical assistance (TA) initiative in 2019-2020 for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs interested in improving coaching and career pathways approaches. During the initiative, participating teams received dedicated coaches, strategic planning, access to expert consultants, and tailored written resources. Additionally, they participated in several convenings, peer exchanges, and virtual trainings.
This video covers highlights from the “Thriving Communities for a Better Southern Nevada” meeting that was held in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 10, 2020. This event, hosted by the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) and Las Vegas-Clark County, Nevada, brought together a local planning team, community leaders, and practitioners who discussed constructive measures to help individuals overcome barriers to employment and improve their families’ economic well-being and mobility.
Webinar / Webcast
The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration will host a webinar on December 18, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET to discuss current and future competency model initiatives. Speakers from the Competency Model Peer Learning Group will share real-time examples and program innovations. The interactive webinar will also provide opportunities for participants to offer their own experiences, raise questions, and share feedback on future initiatives.
American Job Centers in Southern and Northern Nevada are integrating TANF and WIOA services to connect more work-eligible participants to education, training, and employment opportunities. To streamline and expand service delivery, the American Job Centers have implemented a common referral process and co-located TANF and WIOA staff. Nevada is also designing an integrated data system to improve cross-program tracking and service coordination.