Research Topics

Workforce Policy & Practice

From 2013 to 2015, the Heldrich Center conducted an evaluation of three components of the state’s workforce system; these included: (1) a comprehensive review and program evaluation of the state’s federally financed One-Stop Career Center (American Job Center) system; (2) a program evaluation of the Workforce Development Partnership (WDP) program, a state-funded customized training program for unemployed workers; and (3) a program evaluation of the state’s Parolee Enrollment Placement Program (PEPP).

The Heldrich Centered conducted a study of WorkFirst New Jersey (WFNJ), the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families welfare-to-work program between June and December 2017. This six-month study provided recommendations and a plan of action to strengthen the employment and training components of WFNJ.

In 2006, the New York City Workforce Investment Board engaged the Heldrich Center to map the landscape of workforce information in New York City and to recommend a design for a local system that would collect and disseminate that information. The design approach adopted by the Heldrich Center was intended to address the needs of consumers of workforce information in New York City and to build, as much as possible, on existing sources of information.

For the period 2012-2014, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJLWD) received a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor under the Workforce Data Quality Initiative (federal WDQI) to expand the Workforce Longitudinal Data System (WLDS). To support NJLWD and State of New Jersey efforts, the Heldrich Center worked with NJLWD to obtain state administrative data files for WLDS and to manage the data in WLDS to support data analyses.

In 2012, the Heldrich Center convened a national meeting of leading health care scholars and executives that addressed the challenges associated with the aging health care workforce, and developed a set of policy recommendations for both human resource executives, and state and federal policymakers, focused on retention of mature workers and changing the traditional work patterns of health care workers to accommodate a broader array of workers with age-related disabilities.