On February 27–28, over 100 workforce development leaders gathered in San Francisco for the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration’s Region 6 Strategic Dialogue Convening. The Region 6 office, headed by Regional Administrator Virginia Hamilton, serves Alaska, Arizona, California, Nevada, Hawaii, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, American Samoa, Saipan-CNMI, Federated States of Micronesia and the Territory of Guam.
SDWP CEO Peter Callstrom spoke on a board governance panel entitled “Strategic Boards: Moving from tactics to strategy,” while VP Andy Hall participated in a data and evaluation presentation called “Pay for Performance: Using new WIOA flexibility.”
The board governance panel, which also included Beth Brinly of Maher and Maher (former state of Kentucky official) and Marlena Sessions of the Seattle-King County Workforce Development Board (WDB), discussed the need to measure effectiveness, shore up active committees and make sure board members are active and engaged. According to the presentation, strategic boards “serve as the keeper of a guiding vision, and engages funders, partners, employers, and community members around that vision; are committed to identify employer-centric solutions through strategic partnerships and collaborative service; and have an effective structure and measurement process including assessing, reporting and seeking to improve program outcomes.
The data and evaluation pay-for-performance presentation, which included Celeste Richie and Emily Fabiaschi of Third Sector Partners, discussed aligning outcomes to the funding. The idea is that given the funding decrease, innovative contracting offers a mechanism for improving outcomes. There are four types of pay-for-performance models:
- Performance-based contracting: Contract that ties payment to performance metrics that are typically outputs;
- Pay for success (PFS): Contract that ties payment to performance metrics that are typically outcomes and uses rigorous evaluation;
- WIOA Pay-for-Performance: Type of PFS contract that is specified in WIOA legislation; and
- Income Sharing Agreements: Contract that provides a student with education funding in exchange for an agreed upon percentage of post-graduation income.
Other presentations and panels include:
- The Region’s economy and workforce issues
- Upskilling — the private sector movement
- The on-demand economy and the workforce system
- Using human centered design to improve WDB strategy
- Employer engagement
- What is working or emerging in workforce development
“This was an opportunity for great dialogue on the future of the workforce system,” says Hall.
“It is important for us at the San Diego Workforce Partnership to stay connected to the latest developments in workforce boards,” says Callstrom. “Convenings like this allow us to learn about best practices in other parts of the region.”