Fixing to Change: A Best Practices Assessment of One-Stop Job Centers Working With Welfare Recipients. Organization of this Report

This report is organized into six chapters. Chapter 1 describes the selection of the One-Stop Models, summarizes the features of each model, and assesses the common and unique elements of each model. Chapter 2 identifies successful models and program elements, including those institutional factors that seem to be contributing factors. Chapter 3 discusses the question of what groups are best served by the One-Stop model, based on information from the focus group discussions. Chapter 4 examines the occupational strategies and employers who are working with the model One-Stop programs, including the linkages and levels of connection between public services and private employers. Chapter 5 discusses the linkages between the One-Stop models, welfare reform, and other public sector initiatives related to workforce development. Chapter 6 works with the data provided by the five models to develop an empirical assessment of the potential of these models for making successful transitions from welfare to self-sufficiency.

The Appendix to the report contains additional details on each of the model One-Stop programs included in the study.



4.  Note that the term "welfare" is used in this report as being synonymous with Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) or Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF).  Because the timeframe for this study encompassed the transition from AFDC to TANF, this term is used to avoid conceptual confusion.  Where a distinction between AFDC and TANF is necessary to articulate a change in policy, these more specific terms are used.

5.  In most cases, these employer focus groups were fairly representative of the employer community making the highest use of the One-Stop for hiring welfare clients.