Event Recap

State and Local Workforce Fellows Center Evidence and Equity

Local/State/ 2020/

On October 7-15, 2020, Results for America’s State and Local Workforce Fellows reconvened virtually for the third. Fellows discussed how they are leveraging data and evidence in their responses to COVID-19 and centering equity to improve workforce outcomes in their states and communities.

During the first two days of the convening, Fellows were joined by key Congressional staff to discuss jobs in the economic recovery and learn more about a proposal for federal subsidized employment. Harvard Kennedy School’s Government Performance Lab also hosted a working session on Active Contract Management.

The second week of the convening found fellows reflecting on racial equity through a conversation with AORTA, and addressing the intersection of equity and data alongside Working Metrics’ Larry Schlang and What Works Cities Economic Mobility Fellow Audrey Treasure. Finally, Fellows gathered in their state teams to explore key recommendations for driving state and local government workforce funding toward evidence-based strategies outlined in RFA’s “7 Ways to Improve Workforce Outcomes Using Evidence: 2019 Policy Roadmap for State & Local Officials.”

Featured speakers and partners included:

  • Rachael Kauss, Senate Committee on Finance
  • Meghan Ladwig, Senior Policy Advisor for Senator Tammy Baldwin
  • Jessica Lanney, Assistant Director, Government Performance Lab
  • Aaron Hirsch, Government Innovation Fellow
  • Gabriela Solis, Government Innovation Fellow
  • Hena Rafiq, Government Innovation Fellow
  • Larry Schlang, Chief Executive Office, Working Metrics
  • Audrey Treasure, Vice President & Executive Director, Workforce Innovation Center, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
  • Dana Pederson, Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance

Results for America’s State and Local Workforce Fellowship, founded in September 2019, is helping 23 state and local workforce officials from 7 leading states leverage strategies and make tangible progress in improving employment outcomes for their citizens.

Learn more about RFA’s work to help workforce leaders use and build evidence to improve outcomes here.