Here you will find recent research and other resources that do not have SNAP E&T has their primary focus, but that may provide States and other SNAP E&T stakeholders with valuable information for building robust, job-driven SNAP E&T programs.  This may include resources related generally to workforce development (particularly as it pertains to serving low-income or low-skill adults), as well as topics such as career pathways, sector strategies, adult education, labor market, and more.

National Implementation Evaluation of the First Round Health Profession Opportunity Grants (Health Profession Opportunity Grants, 2018)

In just over 5 years, the first round of HPOG provided more than 36,000 Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals with education and training for occupations in the healthcare field. The recently published implementation report shows that 72% percent of those employed after HPOG enrollment were employed in healthcare jobs, which had generally higher wages and better benefits than jobs in other sectors. In addition, the results show higher earnings and employment rates for those who completed training than those who did not. The majority of HPOG participants receive SNAP. 

A Research Analysis of the Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative (CPI) (College Counts, 2018)

This College Counts report shows that the low-income parents in the CPI are earning college certificates and degrees at twice the rate of regular community college students. The Arkansas CPI began in 2007 and utilizes Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds to provide academic and career counseling plus financial assistance for key supports, including transportation, childcare, books and supplies. CPI has enrolled nearly 30,000 low-income, mostly single parents since its inception.

Legal Guide to Administrative Data Sharing for Economic and Workforce Development (State Data Sharing Initiative, March 2018)

This resource is a product of the CREC’s State Data Sharing Initiative which seeks to improve public policy program outcomes by enabling evidence-based policy-making through the sharing of State administrative records. The Legal Guide to Administrative Data Sharing for Economic and Workforce Development, provides legal and regulatory context to this process.

Using Research and Evaluation to Support Programs that Promote Parents’ Economic Security and Children’s Well-being (Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation, 2018)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) released a brief that discusses how to best invest in programs that serve low-income children and adults. The brief highlights the need to utilize research and evaluation findings for programs that combine services for children and adults. Program leaders can also use rapid-cycle testing and collaborate with researchers to quickly inform the field of promising outcomes.

Investing in America’s Workforce: Report on Workforce Development Needs and Opportunities (U.S. Federal Reserve System, 2017)

The Report analyzes information gathered from nearly 1,000 leaders who work at the intersection of workforce training, recruitment and finance. It provides a current snapshot of the workforce development sector and its key challenges, and offers strategies for improving the human capital of America’s labor force, expanding access to jobs, and innovating workforce development.

Sector Partnership Policy Scan (National Skills Coalition, 2017)

NSC’s updated scan examines which States have policies that support the establishment of workforce development partnerships within specific key industry sectors. The scan shows that 32 States now have such policies in place, 11 more States than were represented in a similar scan completed by NSC two years ago.

Adult Training and Education: Results from the National Household Education Surveys Program of 2016 (U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, 2017)

This report is based on responses from 47,744 adults to a 2016 survey. The goal of the survey was to learn more about the prevalence of non-degree credentials and gauge perceptions about their value in the job market. The data showed that more than a quarter of Americans hold a non-degree credential, with 21 percent completing a work experience program. These credentials are showing promising pay off in the job market.

The Good Jobs Project (Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, 2017)

The Good Jobs Project investigates the impact overarching structural economic change as had and is having on workers who do not have a bachelor's degree. The project recently published a report with state-by-state analysis of good jobs with median earnings of $55,000.

Sector Partnership Policy – 50-State Scan (National Skills Coalition, 2017) 

This updated report scans sector partnership policies across the 50 states and finds that state policies supporting sector partnerships are rapidly growing. Sector partnerships are a proven strategy for helping workers prepare for middle-skill jobs and helping employers find skilled workers. States can support local sector partnerships through program initiatives, technical assistance, and funding.

State Strategies to Scale Quality Work-Based Learning (National Governors Association, 2016)

This brief highlights strategies that support high-quality, demand driven work-based learning programs and how Governors can use these strategies to support State industries and build a more economically competitive economy. The information gathered in the brief comes from best practices gleaned from a series of convenings and technical assistance initiatives supported through the National Governors Association.

Data Policy Toolkit: Implementing the State Blueprint (Workforce Data Quality Campaign, 2016)

The new Data Policy Toolkit is a useful tool for States and their partners to better understand State data policies, the steps needed to improve data infrastructure, and how to promote data use to align education with labor market demand and ensure that students have opportunities to gain job-driven skills and credentials.

College Counts - Educational Outcomes (Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative Evaluation, 2016)

Findings from a rigorous evaluation of the Arkansas Career Pathway Program—an initiative designed to target education and training to low-income individuals—demonstrate that participants in the initiative are more likely to gain valuable credentials and earn more money after the program ends than their non-participating peers. These findings provide evidence that education matched with occupationally-focused programs can be an effective means for low-income adults to work toward economic self-sufficiency.