INNOVATIVE THINKING
RIGOROUS APPROACHES
REAL WORLD IMPACT

 

Project

Evaluation of Skills Wisconsin

Official Title
Workforce Innovation Grant – Skills Wisconsin
Location(s)
Wisconsin
Dates
8/2012 – 12/2016
Market
Workforce Development Practice Areas
Practice Areas
Workforce Development
Workforce Innovation Fund
Services
Impact Evaluations
Process Evaluations
Mixed Method Evaluations
Outcome Evaluations
Client
Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin
Methodologies
Qualitative Data Analysis
Quantitative Data Analysis
Social Network Analysis
Survey Analysis

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation Fund grant program funded Skills Wisconsin. The program aims to improve collaboration among workforce system stakeholders in Wisconsin and enhance how the workforce system serves employers in the state.

Our evaluation had three components: a process study, an outcomes study, and a quasi-experimental impact study. Together, they provided insight into the state’s experience adopting an emerging technology, to improve the degree of coordination among workforce development stakeholders and better serve employers.

We used a mixed-methods approach to:

  • Document the implementation of Skills Wisconsin,
  • Understand how the program affects the communication and collaboration among stakeholders in Wisconsin’s workforce system,
  • Identify best practices and lessons learned,
  • Analyze key employer satisfaction outcomes, and
  • Estimate the impact of the program on key labor market outcomes for job seekers.

We also used social network analysis techniques to compare communications patterns in the state before and after the implementation of Skills Wisconsin. We evaluated six projects funded by the same grant program and leveraging that experience to ensure the evaluation is implemented efficiently.

The team included researchers with strong quantitative and qualitative analysis skills. Our project director is a Ph.D economist with more 10 years of research and evaluation experience.