Sector-Related Resources and Links

Sector Studies and Reports

State Sector Strategies Coming of Age: Implications for State Workforce Policymakers. Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, National Governor's Association, National Skills Coalition. January 2013.

Summary of State Sector Activity. Corporation for a Skilled Workforce. October 2010.

Sector Snapshot: A Profile of Sector Initiatives. National Network of Sector Partners. 2010.

Workforce Partnership Guidance Tool. National Fund for Workforce Solutions, November 2010.

Allied Health Regional Skills Partnerships: Experiences and Recommendations. North Carolina Commission on Workforce Development. August 2009.

Health Care Industry Partnerships And The Pennsylvania Center For Health Careers: The Interconnected Relationship. Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board. 2009.

Accelerating State Adoption of Sector Strategies: An 11 State Project Report, 2008 (a joint project by the National Governors Association, The Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, and the National Network of Sector Partnerships)

Woolsey, L. Application of Industry Cluster-based and Sector-focused Strategies to Rural Economies, The Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, 2008

Woolsey, L. The Policy Intersection of Sector Strategies and Policies to Advance Low Income Workers, The Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, 2008

Ligot-Gordon, L. et al. Supporting Sector Strategies in the South, The Southern Growth Policies Board, March 2008

Conway, M. Sectoral Strategies for Low-Income Workers: Lessons from the Field, 2007

State Sector Strategies: Regional Solutions to Worker and Employer Needs Issue Brief, National Governors Association, 2006

Conway, M. and Blair, A. Skills to Live By: Participant Reflections on the Value of their Sectoral Training Experience, The Aspen Institute – Workforce Strategies Institute, 2006

Duke, Amy-Ellen, Karin Martinson, and Julie Strawn. Wising Up: How Government Can Partner with Business to Increase Skills and Advance Low-Wage Workers. Center for Law and Social Policy. April 2006.

 

Evaluations of Sector Initiatives

Sheila Maguire, Joshua Freely, Carol Clymer, Maureen Conway, Denna Schwartz. Tuning In to Local Labor Markets: Findings from the Sectoral Employment Impact Study. Public/Private Ventures, July 2010.

Barbara Baran, Stephen Michon, Suzanne Teegarden, Leanne Giordono, Kendra Lodewick. Implementing the National Fund for Workforce Solutions: Second Annual National Evaluation Report. National Fund for Workforce Solutions, 2010

Sheila Maguire, Joshua Freely, Carol Clymer, Maureen Conway. Job Training That Works: Findings from the Sectoral Employment Impact Study. Public/Private Ventures, May 2009.

Anne Roder, Carol Clymer, Laura Wyckoff. Targeting Industries, Training Workers, and Improving Opportunities: Final Report of the Sectoral Employment Initiative, Public-Private Ventures, 2008

BEST (Building Essential Skills through Training) Benefits: Employer Perspectives, Volume 2, Issue 4, Research and Evaluation Brief, Commonwealth Corporation, 2004

Benefits of a Sector-Based Approach, Volume 2, Issue 3, Research and Evaluation Brief, Commonwealth Corporation, 2004.

 

Performance and Evaluation Models for Sector Initiatives

An Evaluation Framework for State Sector Strategies, product of 11-state project of the National Governors Association, The Corporation for a Skilled Workforce and the National Network of Sector Partnerships, 2008

Evaluating Industry Skill Panels: A Model Framework, Commissioned by the Washington State Workforce Education and Training Coordinating Board, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce with the Paros Group, June 2008

State of Pennsylvania 2008-2009 Annual Report. Guidelines and a template for regional Industry Partnerships to track progress across a set of priority categories, including training, partner involvement, systems change and others.

Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund Annual Report. Guidelines and a template for regional sector partnerships in Massachusetts to measure impact of sector partnerships at the end of a funding cycle.

Business Value Assessment for Workforce Development Organizations: Handbook. The Aspen Institute – Workforce Strategies Initiative, 2005:

 

State Sector Websites

These websites from states with active sector strategies contain a wealth of tools and resources, such as model RFPs, guidebooks, and partnership examples.

Colorado: SECTORS

Georgia: Work Ready Regions

Illinois: Critical Skill Shortage Initiative (Southern Economic Development Region)

Massachusetts: Commonwealth Corporation Sector Strategy overview

Michigan: Regional Skills Alliances

Minnesota:
Framework for Integrated Regional Strategies (FIRST) Grants

Sector Workshop Materials

North Carolina: Allied Health Regional Skills Partnerships

Oklahoma: Industry Sector Strategies Institute

Pennsylvania: Industry Partnerships

Washington:
Industry Skill Panels
High Skill, High Wages Strategic Fund

Wisconsin: Wisconsin Industry Partnerships