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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The Case for School-Based Integration of Services: Changing the Ways Students, Families and Communities Engage with their Schools

January 30, 2009

P/PV's GroundWork series summarizes available evidence on a variety of social policy topics, providing a solid foundation for future work.This first issue reviews the current literature about the potential benefits of simultaneously providing three services in school -- healthcare, out-of-school-time learning and family supports -- to boost students' educational outcomes. For disadvantaged, low-income youth, research indicates that access to these supports can play a key role in helping them surmount common obstacles to educational attainment. In addition to highlighting how each affects key outcomes such as learning, school connectedness (i.e., positive feelings about school) and access to needed services, this brief summarizes the potential benefits of offering these resources through a highly integrated, school-based model.

Investing in Low-Wage Workers: Lessons from Family Child Care in Rhode Island

September 1, 2006

While child care is one of the fastest growing occupations in the country, most employment in this field is precarious and low-wage. Investing in Low-Wage Workers profiles the Day Care Justice Co-op, a group of largely Latina and African American women living and working in some of Rhode Island's poorest communities. Determined to improve family child care, the group sought better wages and benefits for family child care workers across the state and developed important resources for its members. During the study period, P/PV found a dramatic reduction in poverty among Co-op members -- from 44 to 15 percent. The Co-op was supported by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation's Sectoral Employment Initiative. Launched in 1998, the Initiative attempted to improve opportunities in selected workplace sectors for low-wage workers to achieve financial security.

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.

Unrealized Gains: How Workforce Organizations Can Put Money in the Pockets of Low-Wage Workers

November 5, 2004

Social policy continues to emphasize the importance of work, but many working families struggle to make ends meet. Work supports can be a critical factor in enabling people to make a successful transition to employment. Packed with tools and resources, Unrealized Gains will help practitioners make use of work supports: laying the groundwork with a financial literacy curriculum, creating income packages, promoting access to work supports through advocacy and keeping graduates on track with a variety of retention strategies. Readers will come away with a concrete plan for addressing their participants economic security.

Deepening Disparity: Income Inequality in New York City

September 12, 2001

This policy brief examines the rapid income gains made among wealthy New Yorkers and stagnant incomes among the poor that have caused income inequality in New York City to become more extreme than in the nation as a whole, New York State and several other major cities. The authors find that gains have been so concentrated at the top of the income scale that the richest 5 percent of New York families now receive nearly 25 percent of total income, more than the bottom 60 percent combined. The brief also provides specific recommendations to address these issues.

Labor Market Leverage: Sectoral Employment Field Report

December 30, 1999

Rapid economic change over the past 25 years has dramatically altered the character and performance of the labor market, making it increasingly difficult for workers, particularly those with low skills, to find jobs and careers that will enable them to attain a decent standard of living. A few workforce development programs are seeking to overcome this challenge by developing sectoral employment strategies that seek to alter the labor market in a targeted occupation to the benefit of all low-income workers in that sector, not just their own program participants. This report discusses the key elements of a sectoral employment strategy and highlights the experiences of thirteen seasoned workforce programs implementing such sectoral strategies as business development, job training, organizing, and research and policy analysis.

State Workforce Policy Initiative

December 30, 1999

This report describes the goals and program elements of P/PV's State Workforce Policy Initiative, a five-state initiative designed to develop effective employment retention and skills-upgrading strategies to assist Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low income job seekers in earning enough to move out of poverty. While no two strategies are alike, each state's strategy takes into account the needs of local employers, as well as the skills barriers and record of poor job retention present among so many entering the workforce. The report describes each state's individual strategy and recaps the key issues faced in the work first policy climate.

What's Next After Work First: Workforce Development Report to the Field

March 1, 1998

Moving people into the workforce quickly may be the best first step to moving them out of poverty; but, by itself, rapid attachment is not likely to achieve the more important workforce development goals of enabling people to keep their jobs and leave poverty behind. This report explores the new challenges to building self-sufficiency brought about by the work first orientation of welfare reform, and the steps that practitioners, policymakers, and researchers may need to consider to keep their poverty alleviation strategies on track. The report includes descriptions of innovations in three key areas -- employer involvement, working with work first, and postemployment services -- which P/PV believes to be necessary to advance workforce development in the uncertain climate of welfare and education and training reform.

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