Connecting People to Work

Connecting People to Work features case studies of organizations implementing sector-based workforce development strategies in the health care, construction, manufacturing and restaurant industries, and highlights how policy and economic changes and new practices among education and training institutions are affecting workforce development efforts. It also includes evaluation results and a review of major sector-financing strategies.

The book was co-edited by Maureen Conway of the Aspen Institute, and Robert P. Giloth of the Center for Community and Economic Opportunity at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. June 2014.

Tagged under Guides and Reports, Sector Strategies, Workforce Development, Data/Evaluation

The Cost of Segregation

The Metropolitan Planning Council, together with Urban Institute and a team of regional policy advisers, analyzed segregation patterns in the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the country and found that segregation is not only an issue in low-income communities or communities of color. Everyone pays a price, measured in lost income, lives and education. 

D5 Coalition Analysis of Policies, Practices, and Programs for Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion

This report provides a comprehensive scan of existing written and web-based resources from philanthropy and the fields of organizational effectiveness and social justice in order to identify existing policies, practices, and tools, which can inform and guide action by philanthropies to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Tagged under Equity/Diversity/Inclusion, Guides and Reports, Data/EvaluationBusinesses

Diversity Practices That Work: The American Worker Speaks

This report is the most comprehensive study to date (2005) of employees’ attitudes regarding programs and policies designed to foster diversity and inclusion. By determining what employees value and appreciate, the National Urban League hopes to provide some frequently requested guidance to American businesses that are looking not only to do the right thing but to do it the right way.

Diversity Training Programme Outcomes: A Systematic Review

This article analyzes the scholarship on diversity-training outcomes utilizing a systematic literature review (SLR) and provide insights for future research. The article advances our understanding of diversity training outcomes through the integration of three perspectives: the business case, learning, and social justice perspectives.

Equitable and Inclusive Growth Strategies for American Cities

America needs a new growth model— a model of economic growth that is truly inclusive. This chapter points to initiatives that embody an equity-driven growth model: workforce development and training strategies that connect workers to jobs and opportunities; regional economic development strategies that link local workforce, housing,and community development efforts; anchor- based efforts that engage in community partnerships to create positive social and economic impact; and entrepreneurship initiatives that foster and support the creation, innovation, and expansion of local business.

Equitable Development as a Tool to Advance Racial Equity

This guide by GARE outlines a policy framework fleshed out with equitable development strategies and accompanying best practices that local governments have adopted to address the historical and current context of inequity. Cutting across all these strategies is the need for citywide equitable growth policies and targeted investments that both explicitly aim to achieve measurable outcomes tracked over time.

Tagged under Equity/Diversity/InclusionGuides and ReportsPublic Agencies, Public Policy

Establishing a Diversity Program is Not Enough: Exploring the Determinants of Diversity Climate

This study responds to recent evidence that diversity climate moderates the relationship between diversity and
organizational performance and answers calls for empirical attention to understanding how diversity climates are created and managed. This study provides an organizational level investigation of the determinants of perceptions of diversity climate among employees.

An Examination of Factors Affecting Perception of Workplace Discrimination

This study investigates perceptions of workplace discrimination among racial minorities in Canada. Specifically, the study examines how objective experiences of disadvantage and expectations for equity influence racial minorities’ perceptions of discrimination. The results indicate that while both of these factors affect perceptions of discrimination, expectations for equity may be especially important.