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:
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.