Program Outcomes

While recognizing that workforce development is a vast issue area and could take on a myriad of strategies to help people find or keep employment, our Program Officers analyze the following outcomes, which were informed by feedback from direct service providers and issue area experts, as a sign of quality services.
The list below is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all outcomes tracked by service providers however are important factors used to evaluate a grant application.
  • Percentage of program participants placed in employment
  • Average starting wages, and wage increases over time
  • Percentage of program participants earning industry certifications
  • Percentage of youth participants gaining industry-specific skills/knowledge
  • Progress toward achieving stated program goals
For further information on our Workforce Development issue area, please contact Molly Baltman. Please click here to review Letter of Inquiry deadlines.

The objectives of our Workforce Development issue area are to support agencies that help the chronically unemployed attach to the labor market and to also support programs assisting under-employed individuals in their move to living wage jobs. Job preparation programs that help youth acclimate to the workforce are also considered.

Eligible Programs

Advocacy/Technical Assistance: funding supports agencies that provide research on best practices, train direct service providers, promote change in the workforce delivery system, or advocate for increased public funding for programs.

Transitional Jobs Programs: provide real work experience, supportive services, and earned income for the chronically unemployed. Program participants have significant barriers to employment, including criminal records, histories of homelessness, limited English proficiency, long-term welfare dependence, and educations below the 6th grade level. Transitional Jobs programs train participants on work culture and routines, and help them establish employment records and references.
Job Training and Economic Development (JTED): programs are based in community organizations and developed in partnership with local businesses or industries.  JTED programs serve low income job seekers.  These programs help participants build skills related to growth industries that pay a living wage and provide opportunity for advancement.  JTED programs include skills training that lead to an industry certificate or license.
Youth Skills Training: job services to youth that leads to a credential and job placement for youth, ages 16 - 24.

Robert R. McCormick Foundation
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Chicago, IL 60601

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