New Resource for Tackling Procurement Challenges
June 24, 2021
Building effective data-driven tools aimed at supporting workers and jobseekers making career decisions in today’s economy can be a complex process and procuring key services to support those tools can be problematic. This resource identifies five common procurement challenges and strategies for addressing them based on the experience of D4AD grantee partners.
Join Us for Learning Sessions
June 7, 2021
Monday, June 21, 2021
3 p.m. to 5 p.m. EDT
Outreach for Impact: Moving to Project Implementation
Technological solutions to common challenges, such as helping jobseekers who have been marginalized find information in their job and career searches, are only effective if their information reaches their intended audiences. During this session, the Data for the American Dream sites will share strategies and lessons learned about reaching target audiences in their states to ensure jobseeker tools have the desired impact. The session will also include a presentation on jobseeker outreach work in Tennessee, and ways that outreach evolved to meet the realities of the pandemic.
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
3 p.m. to 5 p.m. EDT
Machine Learning to Provide Better Information
Machine learning, artificial intelligence, and predictive algorithms can all help personalize information and provide guidance specific to individual needs. A major consideration when employing these tools is making sure that these strategies do not introduce biases or recreate structural inequities that continue to marginalize specific populations. In this session, we will hear about the ways in which D4AD grantees have incorporated machine learning, artificial intelligence, or predictive algorithms into their projects and highlights from research on the implications of using these strategies.
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
3 p.m. to 5 p.m. EDT
Lessons from D4AD
Throughout the D4AD initiative, NCHEMS has followed the hard work of the grantee organizations to document important lessons to share with the community of professionals seeking to build and share effective jobseeker tools. In this session, we will share some of those high-level lessons and the resulting resources developed to assist the field in incorporating promising practices learned from the D4AD initiative.
Brief on Aligning Education and Training with Career Opportunities Now Available!
June 7, 2021
Aligning Education and Training with Career Opportunities: Can Data Lead the Way? identifies approaches to creating systems that align education and training programs with high-value career opportunities. The brief describes first what an aligned system actually looks like then demonstrates how improved data infrastructure is a key part of– but not the sole solution to – an aligned system.
Read the Brief on Cross-State Data Sharing
May 20, 2021
Interested in cross-state data sharing? Read the Cross-State Data Sharing brief authored by Pat Lane. This brief offers best practices and advice for organizations in creating the agreements, navigating regulation, and developing governance structures.
Check Out the Impacting Your Audience brief
October 26, 2020
This is a brief guide for practitioners, policymakers, and researchers seeking to develop processes for increasing the use, effectiveness, and success of jobseeker tools.
LEARN ABOUT THE USER-CENTERED DEVELOPMENT BEHIND THE NJ TRAINING EXPLORER APP
October 23, 2020
Check out NJ D4AD’s Medium blog “Engineering Matters: An Interview with Team D4AD’s Lead Engineer Anne LoVerso” to learn more about the team’s approach.
Join D4AD’s Fallapalooza!
October 12, 2020
Data for the American Dream is hosting a series of virtual learning sessions to provide more information about important aspects of building effective jobseeker tools for our changing economy. We are happy to invite our network to join us for three of these:
Friday, October 23, 2020
1 pm to 3 pm EDT
Conversations around currencies: Integrating skills, alternative credentials, and competencies
Skills, alternative credentials, and competencies are increasingly important currencies for workers. In this session, we will hear from Credly, Emsi, SkillsEngine, and the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation about the resources available and explore the work currently being done in this area. We will also hear about the benefits of relying on skills as a currency and how to best equip jobseekers to do so.
Friday, October 30, 2020
1 pm to 3 pm EDT
Maximizing impact on target audiences
Jobseeker tools can only be effective if they are available, accessible, and easy to understand and use. In this session, we will discuss challenges in reaching and engaging our nation’s most vulnerable workers, strategies for overcoming those challenges and best practices other sectors have used to reach similar audiences.
Thursday, November 5, 2020
2 pm to 3 pm EST
The changing economy and future of work
The job market is and has been in a state of flux. Increasing reliance on technology, shifting demands, and the pandemic all shape the economy in different ways. In this session, we will explore those changes and the future of work; including how jobseeker tools can help promote equity.
Looking forward to having you join us!
Helping Adult Workers Pursue Their Postsecondary Education and Training Goals
October 9, 2020
Adults aged 25 to 44 without a college degree have reported a growing interest in postsecondary education or training—particularly nondegree and skills training options— since the onset of COVID-19. At the same time, enrollments in undergraduate certificate programs have declined. Inside Higher Ed recently reported the reasons for this inconsistency are:
• A large portion of these adults are worrying about basic needs such as paying the rent, having enough to eat, or having childcare.
• They lack a good understanding of available career pathways and what are valuable skills.
• They do not have details about potential education programs— such as how to access financial aid and how long it takes to earn credentials.
• Higher education has rapidly diversified its offerings to working adults over the last decade, contributing to a growing complexity of decision-making.
D4AD currently funds initiatives in three states (Colorado, Michigan, and New Jersey) that address many of the contributing factors listed above. These initiatives will help provide low-income, lower-skilled, underemployed, and unemployed workers access to current and actionable information about pathways to education and stable, long-term employment opportunities. In addition to matching jobseekers with career and training opportunities, these initiatives are enlisting intermediaries —the caseworkers, counselors, community organizers whom workers know and can trust— to provide information about additional services that can help alleviate some of these stressors.
Developed before the rapid expansion and impact of COVID-19 to address existing structural changes in the economy that have led to widening wage and skill gaps since the last recession, D4AD’s goal to help low-income, lower-skilled, unemployed, and underemployed workers take the next step to find stable, long-term employment is more important now than ever.
BLS July employment report
August 7, 2020
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report released today indicates that total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 1.8 million in July, less than the increases of 4.8 million in June and 2.7 million in May. In July, the unemployment rate declined by 0.9 percentage point to 10.2 percent. Despite decreases in the unemployment rate and increases in employed persons in the past three months, the unemployment rate is up by 6.7 percentage points and number of unemployed persons is up by 10.6 million since February.
Since the rollout of the D4AD initiative last year, the need for tools, resources and supports that can help workers get on a path to better job prospects has grown exponentially due to the impact of the global health crisis of COVID-19 (coronavirus). D4AD grantees are earnestly working to create solutions to help low-income, lower-skilled, unemployed, and underemployed individuals confidently navigate the complex processes of reengaging with education, training, and the job search.
We continue to be inspired by and learn from the great work the D4AD grantees are doing to serve as a resource in the recovery ahead. We encourage our community of practitioners, policymakers, and researchers to visit the Resources page on the D4AD website to access resources with important strategies and tactics to consider for efforts to provide workers with the information and supports they need to make well-informed decisions about their futures.
Communicating with Vulnerable Workers About Resources, Training, and Improving Job Prospects
This brief synthesizes existing research about how to communicate effectively with low-income, lower-skilled, unemployed, and underemployed workers. It reviews challenges and strategies about communicating with these workers and suggests the implications for workforce agencies in connecting with these workers.
Making Data WorK
Making Data Work for Low-Income, Lower-Skilled, Unemployed, and Underemployed Individuals seeks to identify potentially successful approaches to help fulfill the transformational promise of big data in the education realm for these key populations. It draws on available research about using data and information to reach the target groups, as well as background information about technology use and human decision making. The accompanying one-pager distills this brief and recommendations for impacting target audiences.
Xavier Hughes joins the NJ D4AD team as Product Director
February 10, 2020
Check out NJ D4AD’s Medium blog post to learn more about Xavier Hughes and NJ D4AD’s accomplishments to date.
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