From 2006 to 2009, the San Francisco Foundation evaluated programs funded by the Bay Area Workforce Funding Collaborative (BAWFC) that prepare disadvantaged residents for jobs and career advancement in high-wage, high-demand industries—especially health care and biotechnology. Jessica Pitt, Ph.D., at the BAWFC directed the project.
The San Francisco Foundation also evaluated cross-site lessons from the BAWFC and SkillWorks, a Boston-based initiative with similar goals. That evaluation focused on the efforts of the two initiatives to build capacity and use advocacy to strengthen and streamline the regional workforce development system.
Key Findings: In Bay Area Workforce Funding Collaborative: Evaluation Findings 2004–2009 (October 2010), the evaluators reported these findings, among others:
In Cross-Site Lessons Learned from SkillWorks, the Bay Area Workforce Funding Collaborative and Other Healthcare Workforce Initiatives (June 2009), the evaluator reported this lesson, among others:
For example, SkillWorks funded the Workforce Solutions Group to develop a statewide advocacy agenda. Results included a state Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund, which drew $50 million in new funding, and a Workforce Accountability Task Force with links to adult basic education and higher education.