Investing in America's Workforce: Improving Outcomes for Workers and Employers offers research, best practices, and resources for workforce development practitioners and policymakers from more than 100 contributing authors. The book aims to reframe workforce development efforts as investments that can result in better economic outcomes for individuals, businesses, and regions. The book is divided into three volumes: Investing in Workers, Investing in Work, and Investing in Systems for Employment Opportunity. Within each volume are discrete sections made up of chapters that identify specific workforce development programs and policies that provide positive returns to society, to employers, and to job seekers.

Read select chapters below that highlight opportunities for expanded investment in workforce development and employment opportunity, and a preview of the book's table of contents. Mark your calendar for the full book release on November 9, 2018.

Note: The policy and practice perspectives presented in the book are intended to spur innovative thinking that results in context-specific solutions; perspectives published in this book are not intended as an endorsement from the Federal Reserve System.


By Demetra Smith Nightingale and Lauren Eyster
Evaluations can reveal which job training and employment services work well, helping to inform future policy and program decisions.

By Maureen Conway
Reimagining the structure of work, especially within low-wage jobs, can benefit workers and drive better results for businesses.

By Jordana Barton
Closing the digital divide in low-income and rural communities increases access to jobs, economic opportunity, and lifelong training.

By Bridgett Strickler, Dan Ash, Hadass Sheffer, and Zach Zimmerman
Employer-provided education programs grow employees' applied skills and provide a return on investment to employers.

By Brian Dabson
Given the challenges faced by many rural regions, what are prerequisites for effective policy and practice in a rural context?

By Heath Prince
How can costs for human capital development be shared among employers, individuals, and society?

TABLE OF CONTENTS: Investing in America's Workforce: Improving Outcomes for Workers and Employers

Foreword: The Evolving U.S. Labor Market by Patrick Harker
Investing in America's Workforce by Stuart Andreason, Todd Greene, Heath Prince, and Carl Van Horn

Chapter Titles   Authors
Leveraging Evidence-Based and Practical Strategies to Reduce Skills Gaps   Anand Marri and Jennifer Schramm
Turning the Skills Gap into an Opportunity for Collaboration: Case Studies from New York and Puerto Rico   Anand Marri and Edison Reyes
Bridging the Talent Gap through Data Insights and Community Action   Bridgett Strickler, Dan Ash, Hadass Sheffer, and Zach Zimmerman
Apprenticeship Benefits and Costs: Roadmap to Measurement   Jessica Nicholson, Ryan Noonan, Susan Helper, and David Langdon
Engaging Manufacturers to Promote Skills Development   Katherine McClelland
Power Skills for Jobs of the Future   Jeanne Meister
Leadership Development for a 21st Century Workplace   Hank Jackson
Chapter Titles   Authors
Programs to Increase the Supply of Skilled Workers   Alex Ruder
Adult Learners: Activating Prior Knowledge and Acquiring New Skills   Wilson Finch
The Challenges Facing Veteran Workers   Jason Faberman and Thomas Haasl
Narrowing Gaps through Educational Investments for American Indians and Alaska Natives   Patrice Kunesh and Dick Todd
The Middle-Skills Gap: Community-Based Solutions to Meet Employer Demands   Maurice Jones
Manufacturing Connect: Teaching Advanced Manufacturing Skills to Inner-City Students   Rick Mattoon and Susan Longworth
Chapter Titles   Authors
The Critical Role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Workforce Development   Todd Greene and Ashley Bozarth
HBCUs as Pipelines for Diversified Intellect, Creativity, and Innovation   Ron Johnson
Assessing Infrastructural Health: Optimizing Return on Investment in HBCUs   John Wilson
Promoting the Health of Communities for Long-Term Benefits   Valerie Montgomery Rice and David Hefner
Chapter Titles   Authors
Creating Economic Opportunity through Work and Support   Kathy Krepcio
Empowering Workers with Disabilities: A Philadelphia Story   John Colborn, Stephanie Koch, and Laura Welder
Philanthropy: Building Best Practices in Disability Inclusion   James Emmett, Meg O'Connell, and Judith Smith
Reducing Job Loss among Workers with New Health Problems   Yonatan Ben-Shalom, Jennifer Christian, and David Stapleton
Chapter Titles   Authors
The Workforce Development Pipeline from Cradle to Career   Rob Grunewald
Early Childhood Investments: Paving the Way for the Future Workforce   Rob Grunewald
Workforce Policies and Programs to End Child Poverty in Puerto Rico   Barbara Rivera-Batista, Amanda Rivera-Flores, Eduardo Carrera Morales, and Javier Silva
Reintegrating the Formerly Incarcerated into the Workforce   Emily Engel

Introduction: Investing in Work by Prabal Chakrabarti and Jeffrey Fuhrer

Chapter Titles   Authors
Strategies to Advance Job Quality   Maureen Conway
One Fair Wage: Supporting Restaurant Workers and Industry Growth   Teófilo Reyes
Playing for Keeps: Strategies that Benefit Business and Workers   Liddy Romero
National Fund Employer Profiles of Job Quality   Steven L. Dawson and Karen Kahn
How CDFIs Promote Job Quality and Reduce Income Inequality   Donna Fabiani
Now or Never: Heeding the Call of Labor Market Demand   Steven L. Dawson
Chapter Titles   Authors
Valuing Workers through Shared Capital Investments   Janet Boguslaw
Converting Employees to Owners: Deeper Investment for Deeper Impact   Melissa Hoover
The Potential of Profit Sharing to Support Undervalued Workers   Susan Crandall and Catherine Gall
Employee Ownership and Skill Development for Modest-Income Workers and Women   Daphne Berry, Joy Leopold, and Anna Mahathey
How Workforce Investments Leverage and Create Employee Value   Janet Boguslaw
Chapter Titles   Authors
The Rural Dimensions of Workforce Development   Brian Dabson
Skills to Sustain Rural Economies   Stuart Rosenfeld
Igniting Rural Entrepreneurship: Where Do Workforce Development Programs Fit In?   Erik R. Pages
Cooperative Extension's Past and Present Investment in Workforce Development   Kenneth Sherin and Cheryl Burkhart-Kriesel
Chapter Titles   Authors
Community and Sectoral Strategies for Vulnerable Workers   Nancey Green Leigh
Workforce Development at the Bottom of the Labor Market   Marc Doussard
High School Manufacturing Education: A Path toward Regional Economic Development   Ben Kraft
Youth Job Creation and Employer Engagement in U.S. Manufacturing   Nichola Lowe, Julianne Stern, John R. Bryson, and Rachel Mulhall

Introduction: Investing in Systems for Employment Opportunity by Stuart Andreason and Alexander Ruder

Chapter Titles   Authors
Rebalancing the Risk: Innovation in Funding Human Capital Development   Heath Prince
Partnering with Banks in Workforce Development   Elizabeth Sobel-Blum and Steven Shepelwich
Nimble Capital for an Agile Workforce   Keith Wardrip and Mels de Zeeuw
Outcomes-Oriented Contracting: Unlocking Economic Opportunity for Low-Income Communities   Celeste Richie
Improving Workforce Outcomes with Pay for Success   Nirav Shah
Financing Human Capital through Income-Contingent Agreements   Miguel Palacios
Chapter Titles   Authors
Strategy and Capacity of Public Workforce Systems   Richard A. Hobbie
Results and Returns from Public Investments in Employment and Training   Demetra Smith Nightingale and Lauren Eyster
Research and Evidence-Building Capacity of State Workforce Agencies   Yvette Chocolaad and Steven Wandner
State Sector Strategies for Talent Pipeline Systems   Michael Bartlett and Martin Simon
Improving Outcomes for Workers and Employers through Mayoral Leadership   Kathy Amoroso and Evan Amoroso
Employer Engagement Policy: Shifting from Customers to Partnerships   Andy Van Kluenen
Chapter Titles   Authors
The Promise and Perils of the Future of Work   Carl Van Horn
Navigating the Future of Work: Can We Point Businesses, Workers, and Social Institutions in the Same Direction?   John Hagel, Jeff Schwartz, and Josh Bersin
From Want Ads to Mobile Apps: Realizing the Promise of Technology in Labor Market Matching   Chauncy Lennon and Sarah Steinberg
Personalized Education: From Curriculum to Career with Cognitive Systems   Mike King, Richard Cave, Mike Foden, and Matthew Stent
All Data Big and Small: Using Information to Guide Workforce Development   Rachel Zinn and Bryan Wilson
Preparing Workers for the Expanding Digital Economy   Jordana Barton
Chapter Titles   Authors
Creative Solutions to the Credentialing Chaos   Stephen Crawford
Fixing the Credentialing Chaos: A National Tool and State Application   Ken Sauer and Stephen Crawford
Transforming Employer Signaling in the Talent Marketplace   Jason Tyszko
Building an Expanded Public-Private Data Infrastructure for the Credentialing Marketplace   Robert Sheets
Credentialing Entrepreneurs: How and Why   Alejandro Crawford
Chapter Titles   Authors
Coordinating Regional Workforce Development Resources   Stuart Andreason
Cultivating Healthy Workforce Ecosystems   Tucker Plumlee
Examining Spatial Mismatch and Mobility in the Workforce System   Raphael Bostic and Ann Carpenter
Chapter Title   Author
Investing in America's Workforce: Report on Workforce Development Needs and Opportunities   Noelle St.Clair

Investing in America's Workforce is a Federal Reserve System initiative in collaboration with the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, the Ray Marshall Center of the Lyndon B. Johnson School at the University of Texas, and the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

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