Change and Continuity in the Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs under WIOA

Change and Continuity in the Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs under WIOA

Implementation Study of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Regarding Title I and Title III Core Programs
Published: Nov 30, 2020
Publisher: Princeton, NJ: Mathematica
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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Implementation Study

Time frame: 2016-2019

Prepared for:

U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Chief Evaluation Office

Authors

Kate Dunham

Anne Paprocki

Caitlin Grey

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 included multiple provisions to strengthen service quality, access, accountability, and alignment across many programs. This report focuses on implementation of key changes to the Title I Adult and Dislocated Worker programs under WIOA. Discussed here are the successes and challenges, promising practices, and possible areas for further technical assistance related to WIOA for these two programs.

Data for this report are drawn primarily from site visit interviews, conducted in early 2019, with administrators, board chairs and members, employer and agency partners, and frontline staff in 14 states and 28 local areas. Other sources of information include administrative data and relevant state and local documents. The site visit locations were purposively selected to assure diversity geographically and in size, among other criteria. The findings here, based on those interviews, should therefore be viewed as suggestive of common experiences and not assumed to be nationally representative.

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