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Workforce Innovation Fund Solicitation

This first solicitation issued under the Innovation Fund will provide approximately $146.9 million in grants authorized by the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 (P.L. 112-10) and the Appropriations Act, 2012 (P.L. 112-74, Div. F, Tit. I) to states, local workforce areas, and entities eligible for Section 166 Indian and Native American Program grants.

These funds will support innovative approaches to the design and delivery of employment and training services that generate long-term improvements in the performance of the public workforce system, both in terms of outcomes for job seeker and employer customers and cost-effectiveness. Particularly the Fund seeks to:

  • Re-tool service delivery strategies and/or policy and administrative systems and processes to improve outcomes for workforce system customers; and

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of such activities.

By focusing on change at both the service delivery and the systems levels, and by requiring rigorous evaluation of each investment, ETA seeks to ensure that these investments form the basis for broader change and continuous improvement in the operation of the public workforce system. By adding new value for our customers, ETA seeks to contribute to the identification and documentation of evidence-based practice within the field of workforce development.

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