Recent Publications

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Stretching Dollars, Growing Impact: A Workforce Funder’s Guide to Leveraging Public Funding

May 2021

With flexible funding flowing to states and localities via the American Rescue Plan, the recent announcement of new grants to expand Registered Apprenticeships, and the Biden Administration’s ambitious American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan proposals pending, the field of workforce development is anticipating a historic infusion of new public funding. Philanthropy has an important opportunity to help ensure that these dollars are deployed equitably and effectively. Drawing on the insights and experience of Workforce Matters members, this eight-page guide outlines a range of strategies that grantmakers can use to extend the reach and amplify the impact of these and other public investments.

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More Than Just Pocket Money: Why the Surge in Youth Unemployment Should Concern Us All

November 2020

Co-authored with Loh-Sze Leung and Urban Alliance, More Than Just Pocket Money: Why the Surge in Youth Unemployment Should Concern Us All documents how the unprecedented trifecta of a global pandemic, a turbulent economic downturn, and the expansion of the racial justice movement are shaping the prospects of young people, then provides high-level recommendations on opportunities for businesses to shore up supports for this critical source of current and future talent.

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Partnering for Equity: How Sector Partnerships Are Tackling Workforce Disparities

June 2018

Working in partnership with the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources at the University of Texas at Austin and Dazzie McKelvy, Oldmixon Consulting conducted a national survey of 89 sector partnership representatives and interviews with leaders from 13 partnerships that are actively working to address workforce inequities. In Partnering for Equity: How Sector Partnerships Are Tackling Workforce Disparities, the authors report that sector partnerships are experimenting with a broad array of strategies to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workforce, yet in most cases are in the early stages of this work. The report also identifies seven opportunities for sector partnerships, workforce leaders, and funders to further advance race equity. This report was prepared with funds provided by The Annie E. Casey Foundation. 

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Central Texas Manufacturing Workforce Study

December 2017

Working in partnership with the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources at the University of Texas at Austin, Oldmixon Consulting conducted a survey of and focus group with Central Texas manufacturing leaders to learn more about their skill needs and workforce challenges. The 2017 Central Texas Manufacturing Workforce Study was conducted on behalf of the Austin Regional Manufacturers Association with additional support from City of Austin Economic Development and Workforce Solutions Capital Area.

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Austin Metro Area Master Community Workforce Plan

June 2017

The strength of a community depends on the people that live in it. With rapidly rising costs of living threatening affordability, many Austinites are being pushed out of the community they love. In response to this crisis, Austin-area workforce development community based organizations, training providers, and employers created a Master Community Workforce Plan to help individuals living in poverty find a path to financial stability. By aligning education and training providers’ training programs with employers’ needs, this workforce plan will help 10,000 economically disadvantaged individuals secure middle-skill jobs by 2021. Oldmixon Consulting provided support to the report's lead authors, Caroline Alexander and Tom Stellman of TIP Strategies.

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Greater Washington Works: IT and Health Careers with Promise

December 2016

Sponsored by the Greater Washington Workforce Development Collaborative, an initiative of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, and JPMorgan Chase & Co., Greater Washington Works: IT and Health Careers with Promise describes how the Metro Washington region can address the skills gap and lift more of its residents out of poverty through careers in IT and Healthcare. Oldmixon Consulting partnered with Civic Analytics to complete this study.

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Older Publications

“Promoting the Adoption of Sector Strategies by Workforce Development Boards Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act,” with Heath Prince and Christopher T. King, Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources, May 2017.

“Greater Washington Works: IT and Health Careers with Promise,” with Brian Kelsey and Meredith DeSpain Kelsey, Greater Washington Workforce Development Collaborative, December 2016.

“Beyond Good Intentions: Using Data to Promote Economic Opportunity,” with Judy Berman, Benton Murphy, Martha Ross, Fran Rothstein, and Marina Streznewski, The Greater Washington Workforce Development Collaborative, February 2012.

“State Sector Strategies: Regional Solutions to Worker and Employer Needs,” with Dexter Ligot-Gordon, Lindsey Woolsey, and Martin Simon, National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, February 2007.

“State Policies to Help Youth Transition Out of Foster Care,” with Lauren Eyster, National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, February 2007.

“Texas Economic Supports for Working Families,” with Deanna Schexnayder, Ying Tang, and Brendan Hill, Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources, February 2007.

“The Wait is Over, the Work Begins: Implementing the New TANF Legislation,” with Susan Golonka, Linda Hoffman, and Courtney Smith, National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, June 2006.

"Proposed Approaches to Workforce Development Performance Measurement," with Christopher T. King, Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources, February 2005.

"Expanding Opportunities for Businesses and Workers: Promising Practices for Workforce Intermediary Initiatives," with Christopher T. King, Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources, February 2005.

"Impacts of Workforce Services for Young, Low-Income Fathers: Findings from the Texas Bootstrap Project," with Daniel Schroeder and Deanna Schexnayder, Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources, October 2004.

"Mapping and Improving State Workforce Development Systems: Lessons from Five States," with Christopher T. King, Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources, August 2004.

"Proposed Performance Measures and State Responses: Analysis and Next Steps," with Christopher T. King, Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources, June 2004.

"Factors Affecting Participation in Programs for Young Low-Income Fathers: Findings from the Texas Bootstrap Project," with Deanna Schexnayder, Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources, April 2004.

"The Alignment of Workforce Performance Measures and Policymaker Needs in Ten Leading-edge States," with Dan O'Shea and Christopher T. King, Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources, March 2004.

"Non-federal Workforce System Performance Measures in the States: Overview," with Dan O'Shea and Christopher T. King, Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources, December 2003.

"Non-federal Workforce System Performance Measures in the States: Ten State Profiles," with Dan O'Shea and Christopher T. King, Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources, December 2003.

"Managing for Efficiency: Estimating Performance Under the New Federal Common Measures," with Dan O'Shea and Christopher T. King, Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources, June 2003.

"Return-on-Investment (ROI) Estimates for Workforce Services in Texas, State Fiscal Year 2000-2001," with Christopher T. King, Dan O'Shea, C. Andrew Redman, and W. Lee Holcombe, Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources, April 2003.