Public/Private Ventures (P/PV)

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Innovation. Research. Action.

After almost 35 years Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) has ceased operations. The organization leaves behind an incredible legacy of knowledge, including hundreds of research reports, case studies and evaluations about how best to improve programs and outcomes for children, youth and families. We are fortunate that P/PV has decided to archive its publications collection with the Foundation Center's IssueLab so that practitioners can benefit from this knowledge for years to come.

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Promoting Opportunity: Findings from the State Workforce Policy Initiative on Employment Retention and Advancement

September 15, 2005

Promoting Opportunity is the final report on the State Workforce Policy Initiative, which was based on the premise that low-income individuals with limited work experience and skills may be able to obtain jobs, but they also need support to minimize barriers to steady employment and to advance to better positions in order to achieve long-term economic stability. During the four-year initiative, P/PV documented the efforts of five states to incorporate retention and advancement strategies into local workforce development programs and to strengthen state workforce policies to support these strategies. This report describes the results of their efforts, including an analysis of the outcomes of 477 individuals who participated in the local programs. The evidence suggests that retention and advancement strategies have the potential to benefit low-income workers, and the authors highlight promising program practices and implications for state policy.

The Best of Both: Community Colleges and Community-Based Organizations Partner to Better Serve Low-Income Workers and Employers

January 30, 2002

In theory, it makes considerable sense for colleges to partner with community-based nonprofits to help low-income workers gain the skills needed for success in the labor market. In practice, effective partnerships between these organizations are few and far between. The Best of Both examines several of these partnerships in an effort to understand how they should be structured, the potential pitfalls they face and what each side should expect from the other.

States of Change

May 30, 2001

States of Change documents efforts by state policymakers and local practitioners to devise useful approaches to helping low-income job seekers stay employed and begin advancing. It draws, in part, from our experiences working on these issues since 1997 with five states -- Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Oklahoma and Florida -- as well as on examples and lessons in several other states. In general, states are trying a number of retention strategies, but few have been tested. Therefore, we expect that many strategies discussed will soon be modified or replaced with new approaches. We hope that States of Change encourages this process of testing and innovation by providing a sense of what is being tried and learned around the country, and what challenges remain.

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