Learning & Evaluation

The National Fund tracks results, measures value for its stakeholders, and leverages information and evaluations to learn and share insights throughout its network. Its Learning and Evaluation Framework summarizes the approach.

Tracking Our Progress

With support from the Social Innovation Fund and multiple national foundations, the National Fund has supported tens of thousands of individuals in developing new skills and organized thousands of businesses into industry partnerships. It has tracked its progress annually to ensure that it’s making progress against its goals and benefiting its partner communities and stakeholders. Program and Policy Insight produces details every year on the number of individuals and employers served, the services provided, and the National Fund’s progress against its stated goals.

Measuring Our Value and the Effectiveness of Our Approach

The National Fund seeks to serve multiple stakeholders including individuals, employers, and communities, while also working to improve workforce and labor systems through its “systems change” efforts. These evaluations explore the National Fund’s value to individuals, businesses, and communities including changes to education and workforce systems.

It has measured the effectiveness of its programs against traditional workforce programs with its Social Innovation Fund-supported evaluation of partnership programs in Wisconsin and Ohio. It measures its value to employers through business impact studies and business surveys.

The National Fund also recognizes private and non-profit employers with its Young Adult and Frontline Health Care Worker Champion programs and documents their successful training and development practices. Finally, the National Fund has developed rubric for measuring “systems change” and it tracks its “system change” accomplishments by reporting on hundreds of improvements made to the policies, practices, and systems of businesses, education, and training providers; philanthropic organizations; and public institutions that shape the economic and workforce landscape.

Deepening Our Learning

The National Fund network is focused on using evidence to drive innovation and uses multiple strategies to continuously evaluate, learn from, and improve its work. It operates learning groups of its collaborative directors on key issues like generating good jobs, serving young adults, and utilizing apprenticeships. It organizes meetings of business, community-based organizations and workforce practitioners to foster sharing and collaboration. It maintains a robust archive of local and national evaluations recording the success, challenges, methodology, and impact of its initiatives and investments. In each region partners and staff engage with providers and local evaluators to strive to continuously learn and improve programs.

Presenting Our Findings

Selected evaluation reports from the National Fund and its network are available on this page, below.

All reports, learning documents, materials, evaluations and resources from our partners are available in the Publications section. The National Fund is committed to contributing to the field and positively influencing economic and workforce development across the country and seeks to inform business and community leaders with novel research on issues like creating good jobs, investing in frontline workers, organizing industry partnerships and improving workforce and economic systems.  

Evaluations

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Evaluation Guide: How Collaboratives Can Design, Manage and Use Evaluations

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Tuning in to Local Labor Markets: Findings from the Sectoral Employment Impact Study

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Second Annual National Evaluation Report

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Third Annual Evaluation Report: Implementing the National Fund for Workforce Solutions

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Fourth Annual National Evaluation Report

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National Fund 2013 Data Brief

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Broadening Reach, Deepening Impact: 2007-2013

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Framework for National Fund Evaluation and Learning

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2014 National Fund Data Brief

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Systems Change in the National Fund

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National Fund Data 2015 Brief

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Partners for a Competitive Workforce Annual Report

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Evidence on the Effectiveness of Workforce Partnerships in Ohio and Wisconsin

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Return on Investment Study for Three National Fund Partnerships Ohio

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