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Charting New Territory: Early Implementation of the Workforce Investment Act

January 30, 2002

Charting New Territory is an examination of implementation of the Workforce Investment Act through the eyes of public officials in five cities. Though the strategies being pursued in each city vary, the report documents local officials' shared concerns about the difficulty of getting genuine cooperation from mandated partners, the challenges posed by WIA's data collection and performance requirements, and the frustration inherent in a transition from one system to another, while continuing to provide services. It concludes with several lessons on what will be needed to make WIA more effective.

Building a Firm Foundation: Recommendations for New York City's Job Training System

December 30, 1999

In late 1998, the New York City Department of Employment (DOE) decided to develop a technical assistance plan for its contracted employment and training providers. The goal of this initiative was to help providers transition to a new performance-based contracting system and improve their overall performance. This report describes P/PV's evaluation of the New York City Job Training Partnership Act adult training providers; discusses challenges faced by providers; and recommends strategies for improving the performance of New York City's employment and training system.