Using Data to Drive Innovation and Improve Services: Workforce Development in Chicago
The University of Chicago Gleacher Center
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
During the recent recession, cities and towns across the United States experienced high levels of unemployment. Now, they are striving to ensure their workforce development system is meeting the needs of struggling individuals seeking employment. Policymakers and practitioners have difficulty obtaining reliable data and information about how to improve workforce programs and services. Timely and accurate data can help policymakers and practitioners understand which workforce development programs are successful and help them better direct resources within the system.
This forum discussed an overview of the current workforce development landscape, described some of the national and local workforce policies aimed at providing services to job seekers, and presented recent research on the factors that influence success among community-based workforce programs. The panel discussed the ways better data can help improve services and how exemplary workforce programs in Chicago can use data to pursue innovative efforts to provide training and place people into employment.
- Elizabeth Weigensberg, Senior Researcher, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
- Karin Norington-Reaves, Executive Director, Chicago-Cook County Workforce Partnership; Director, Cook County Works
- Carrie Thomas, Associate Director, Chicago Jobs Council
- Maria Kim, Chief Operating Officer, The Cara Program
- Matthew Stagner, Executive Director, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago