Change and Continuity in the Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs under WIOA
U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Chief Evaluation Office
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 included multiple provisions to strengthen service quality, access, accountability, and alignment across many programs. This report focuses on implementation of key changes to the Title I Adult and Dislocated Worker programs under WIOA. Discussed here are the successes and challenges, promising practices, and possible areas for further technical assistance related to WIOA for these two programs.
Data for this report are drawn primarily from site visit interviews, conducted in early 2019, with administrators, board chairs and members, employer and agency partners, and frontline staff in 14 states and 28 local areas. Other sources of information include administrative data and relevant state and local documents. The site visit locations were purposively selected to assure diversity geographically and in size, among other criteria. The findings here, based on those interviews, should therefore be viewed as suggestive of common experiences and not assumed to be nationally representative.