The Workforce System Strategies (WSS) website is a new and expanding public, searchable, online archive of resources for workforce practitioners and administrators. The site highlights workforce strategies that are backed by a wide range of evidence such as experimental studies, implementation evaluations, and performance data.


The WSS website is intended to make it easier for workforce state and local program staff to identify and implement effective practices based on existing research, and ultimately to support improved outcomes for workforce system customers. Each resource is summarized in a profile that gives basic information such as why the study might be useful; which populations, regions, or programs it focuses on; and major findings to help site users decide whether to link to the whole study or other resource. Visitors to the site use the information found there to replicate practices, assist with the evaluation of workforce systems, and to inform evidence-based program design. Practices found on the site can be identified by keyword, topic, target population, methodology, and other filters, making this a quick and easy resource to use.

The Current Population Survey has released a report on the older population of the U.S. for 2011. The tables provide a wide range of social, economic and housing characteristics of Americans who are 55 or older, such as:

  • Marital status
  • Educational attainment
  • Nativity
  • Employment status
  • Occupation
  • Poverty
  • Housing tenure

The Current Population Survey is sponsored jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Learning computer skills is often a crucial aspect of SCSEP participants’ training. What tools or websites have you found useful in working with the participants to teach them computer skills?


For example, Goodwill Industries says:

Goodwill Industries of Eastern North Carolina provides  free web training via and This site has served over 2,072,629 people in North Carolina and throughout the world.  These site offers over 750 lessons and 250 videos on all kinds of topics, including basic computer skills, Microsoft products, reading and math skills. It’s easy to use and most of our SCSEP sub-grantees utilize this training for our participants.

Post your ideas in the comments!

As we know, many older Americans are staying in the workforce longer - both out of choice and necessity. Recently, financial columnist Michelle Singletary interviewed Kerry Hannon, author of an AARP column on "Great Jobs for Retirees", about finding fulfilling jobs past the traditional retirement age. It's a great read - check it out!

When Work Still Beckons - The Washington Post, 1/9/13

The Department has released Training and Employment Notice 17-12, a notification of the publication of Evaluation of the Senior Community Service Employment Program: Process and Outcomes Study Final Report” which was conducted by Social Policy Research Associates and Mathematica Policy Research. The full report runs 327 pages and can be found by clicking here. For your convenience, we have uploaded an executive summary to the Community of Practice.


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