Resources

Resources

2017

  • Addressing the Middle Skills Gap Outcomes

    Release Date: 02.2017

    As a result of this grant, 670 people were placed in jobs at 447 companies; this is 82% of graduates and 74% of participants, compared to a national enrollment to placement rate of 56% for similar programs. Read this one pager for more details and outcomes from the Addressing the Middle Skills Gap Grant Program which ran from 2013-2016.

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  • Closing the Skills Gap: Meeting the Demand for Skills in a Growing Economy

    Release Date: 01.2017

    The purpose of this analysis is to provide data that informs policy and practice in the education and workforce development fields. This report documents statewide trends, placing the Massachusetts experience in the national context. We use data from a number of federal and state sources to inform our analysis. These data are the latest available as of August 2016.

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  • Evaluation of the 2012 Health Care Cost Containment Law in Massachusetts

    Release Date: 07.2017

    Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012—“An Act Improving the Quality of Health Care and Reducing Costs Through Increased Transparency, Efficiency and Innovation”—was enacted with the goal of controlling health care spending growth while improving access and quality. Section 251 of the law posed research questions and directed the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) to “conduct a comprehensive review of the im­pact of [Chapter 224] on the health care payment and delivery system in the Commonwealth and on health care consumers, the health care work­force, and general public.”

    Evaluation of the 2012 Health Care Cost Containment Law in Massachusetts, is the result of the OSA’s work. Commonwealth Corporation and the Centers for Labor Markets and Policy at Drexel University authored Chapter 4: The Changing Nature of the Health Care Workforce.

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  • Health Care Workforce: Characteristics of Workers and Jobs in Massachusetts

    Release Date: 07.2017

    The paper examines changes that have occurred in the demographic traits and the employment patterns and earnings of the state’s health care workforce between 2011, the year before the passage of Chapter 224, and the most current year for which data are available, 2015.

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  • Health Care Workforce: Developments in Certificates and Degrees in Massachusetts.

    Release Date: 07.2017

    This paper provides information on trends in postsecondary completions in health care-related fields of study in Massachusetts over the 2001 to 2012 period, representing the period before the passage of Chapter 224 or what the authors label as the “pre-Chapter 224 period” and over the period of three years following the enactment of Chapter 224, 2012 to 2015 which the authors have labeled the “post-Chapter 224 period”.

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  • Health Care Workforce: Employment Structure and Trends in Massachusetts

    Release Date: 07.2017

    Fundamental changes have occurred in the way that health care is delivered in Massachusetts in recent years and this is reflected in the changing nature of demand for labor among the various component industries that make up the health care and social assistance sector. This paper examines the nature of these changes along a variety of labor market related dimensions and makes some observations about the outlook for growth and future change in health care diagnostic and practitioner occupations and in health care support/direct care occupations.

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  • Health Care Workforce: Mass Layoffs 2004-2016

    Release Date: 07.2017

    This paper examines mass layoff activity within the state’s health care and social services industry relative to other major industry sectors over the 2004 to 2012 period, just before the implementation of Chapter 224. This discussion places the mass layoffs that have occurred in the health care and social assistance sector in the context of overall mass layoff activity in Massachusetts.

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  • Health Care Workforce: Profile of 15 High Growth Occupations

    Release Date: 07.2017

    This research brief presents a profile of 15 occupations in the Massachusetts health care industry. These occupations were selected on the basis of their importance within the state’s health care industry; either because of strong growth in employment or because of the emerging importance of the role that workers in these occupations play in the changing health care service delivery environment in the state.

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  • Health Care Workforce: Select Direct Care Occupations in Massachusetts

    Release Date: 07.2017

    This special topics report summarizes publicly available data and information gathered through interviews and focus groups with employers, workers, labor leaders and state officials in order to understand the labor market context of three already large and fast growing health care support and direct care occupations: home health aides, personal care aides, and community health workers (CHWs)/social and human service assistants.

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  • Health Care Workforce: Summary of HCWTF Training Grants

    Release Date: 07.2017

    As health care employers align with the goals of Chapter 224 and cost controls begin to alter the delivery of health care services in differing ways within the sector, providers are changing some of their business processes, occupational job descriptions, and staffing structures. In anticipation of these changing skill and knowledge demands, Chapter 224 established the Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund. The Fund was designed to support education and training initiatives to help health care employers address workforce challenges that are related to organizational and operational changes they need to make to implement Chapter 224. Commonwealth Corporation issued a Request for Proposals for Health Care Workforce Transformation Training grants and in 2015 awarded grants to 55 organizations. In 2016 Commonwealth Corporation awarded Training grants to 4 additional organizations, for a total of 59 grants. This paper provides information about the Training grant applications and the 59 grants.

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  • Lagging Teen Employment in a Strong Bay State Labor Market

    Release Date: 05.2017

    More than six years after the recovery from the Great Recession of 2007-2009, Massachusetts’ overall economy and labor markets have improved markedly. However, the gain in employment has not been uniform across age groups. The youngest workers (16-to-19 years old) continue to be disconnected from the labor market. This research report assesses the year-round and summer employment experiences of teens in Massachusetts and the U.S. over the past 4 decades (1978-1979 to 2015-2016).

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  • Promoting Success: Tips for Employers

    Release Date: 06.2017

    Over the past few years, Commonwealth Corporation has been studying the underlying causes of the decline in youth employment. We recently took the next step to understand how to prepare young workers and entry-level workers to navigate their careers and prepare and present themselves for advancement opportunities.  We are excited to release a preview of the findings from the business phase of our research in the form of tips and best practices for businesses on developing entry-level talent, for programs that serve young workers, and for entry-level employees themselves.

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  • Promoting Success: Tips for Youth Organizations

    Release Date: 06.2017

    Commonwealth Corporation has been studying the underlying causes of the decline in youth employment. We are now working to understand how to best prepare young workers and entry level workers to navigate their careers. Using data from interviews and a survey of 200+ employers we’ve assembled the tips below to support your work in preparing young workers and entry level workers for their future careers.

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  • Signal Success Curriculum

    Release Date: 08.2017

    Signal Success is a comprehensive curriculum designed and tested by education and workforce development partners to help young people develop essential skills for future success. Students receive systematic instruction in core soft skills while engaging in meaningful future planning. Click here to read more.

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  • WCTF: Short Term Solutions, Long Term Impact

    Release Date: 09.2017

    This one-pager focuses on investments the WCTF made in manufacturing partnerships to demonstrate not only the short term impact they had on employers and workers, but also to highlight the WCTF’s ability to build regional capacity.

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  • YouthWorks 2016 Databook

    Release Date: 02.2017

    The YouthWorks 2016 Databook details the YouthWorks 2016 Job Program. This year 4,658 youth in over 31 cities across the Commonwealth successfully completed summer job opportunities. It is submitted to General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by Commonwealth Corporation on behalf of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

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2016

2015

  • 2014 Foundation Annual Report

    Release Date: 2015

    The Annual Report for FY14 gives a “Year in Review” from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, highlighting key workforce development initiatives, research projects, and our public and private partnerships.

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  • 2015 WCTF Annual Report to Legislature

    Release Date: 2015

    This report provides an overview of the programming and outcome data WCTF Grantees in Fiscal Year 2015.

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  • 2015 WTFP Annual Report

    Release Date: 2015

    The Fiscal Year 15 report to the Massachusetts Legislature for the Workforce Training Fund Program.

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  • YouthWorks 2015 Databook

    Release Date: 2015

    The YouthWorks 2015 Data Book is submitted to General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by Commonwealth Corporation on behalf of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. It details the YouthWorks 2015 Job Program.

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2014

  • Health Care Workforce Planning Grant Brief

    Release Date: 10.2014

    This brief is part of Commonwealth Corporation’s effort to support health care provider, community college, workforce investment board, career center and community based organization staff, and policymakers in understanding the potential impact of Massachusetts’ health care cost containment and quality improvement law (Chapter 224) on the health care industry’s demand for skilled workers. We are learning a great deal about how the state’s health care providers are addressing a variety of workforce skills challenges associated with operational changes they are making to comply with Chapter 224.

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  • Occupational Gap Analysis Report

    Release Date: 07.2014

    This report summarizes the results of a formal gap analysis of the clinical lab workforce in the Pioneer Valley and Berkshire regions, including supply and demand data. The report also contains the aggregated regional results of a laboratory skill assessment. The report provides strategies that could be used to address workforce issues for these occupations and makes recommendations for next steps. The Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, Inc. produced this report on behalf of the Healthcare Workforce Partnership of Western Massachusetts. Funding was provided through a planning grant from the Healthcare Workforce Transformation Fund (2014).

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  • Understanding & Addressing the Youth Employment Crisis

    Release Date: 11.2014

    In 2013 Commonwealth Corporation examined the historically low teen employment rates and surveyed employers to identify their perceptions of teens in the workplace. This two-page brief outlines some of the findings from that study and offers ways employers, education institutions, and workforce organizations can better prepare young people for work.

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2013

2012

  • Labor Market Trends in the Berkshire Region

    Release Date: 09.2012

    This report provides a detailed picture of the region’s current and future labor supply. It is designed to help guide workforce development professionals, policy makers, and civic, education, and business leaders as they make decisions about education and training opportunities. Labor Market Trends is a joint project of Commonwealth Corporation and the New England Public Policy Center of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

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  • Labor Market Trends in the Berkshire Region (Presentation)

    Release Date: 09.2012

    The report, Labor Market Trends in the Berkshire Region, was released at a Berkshire Chamber of Commerce ‘Eggs and Issues’ event in Pittsfield on September 27, 2012. This is the powerpoint presentation from the event.

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  • Labor Market Trends in the Boston/Metro North Region

    Release Date: 10.2012

    This report provides a detailed picture of the region’s current and future labor supply. It is designed to help guide workforce development professionals, policy makers, and civic, education, and business leaders as they make decisions about education and training opportunities. Labor Market Trends is a joint project of Commonwealth Corporation and the New England Public Policy Center of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

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  • Labor Market Trends in the Boston/Metro North Region (Presentation)

    Release Date: 10.2012

    The report, Labor Market Trends in the Boston/Metro North Region, was released at a Skills Gap: Supply and Demand in the Massachusetts Economy event in Framingham on October 1, 2012. This is the powerpoint presentation from the event.

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  • Labor Market Trends in the Cape & Islands Region

    Release Date: 12.2012

    This report provides a detailed picture of the region’s current and future labor supply. It is designed to help guide workforce development professionals, policy makers, and civic, education, and business leaders as they make decisions about education and training opportunities.

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  • Labor Market Trends in the Cape & Islands Region (Presentation)

    Release Date: 12.2012

    The report, Labor Market Trends in the Cape & Islands Region, was released at a Skills Gap: Supply and Demand in the Massachusetts Economy event in Hyannis on December 18, 2012. This is the powerpoint presentation from the event.

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  • Labor Market Trends in the Central Mass Region

    Release Date: 10.2012

    This report provides a detailed picture of the region’s current and future labor supply. It is designed to help guide workforce development professionals, policy makers, and civic, education, and business leaders as they make decisions about education and training opportunities.

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  • Labor Market Trends in the Central Mass Region (Presentation)

    Release Date: 10.2012

    The report, Labor Market Trends in the Central Mass Region, was released at a Skills Gap: Supply and Demand in the Massachusetts Economy event in Shrewsbury on October 24, 2012. This is the powerpoint presentation from the event.

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  • Labor Market Trends in the Metro South/West Region

    Release Date: 06.2012

    This report provides a detailed picture of the region’s current and future labor supply. It is designed to help guide workforce development professionals, policy makers, and civic, education, and business leaders as they make decisions about education and training opportunities. Labor Market Trends is a joint project of Commonwealth Corporation and the New England Public Policy Center of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

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  • Labor Market Trends in the Metro South/West Region (Presentation)

    Release Date: 06.2012

    The report, Labor Market Trends in the Metro South/West Region, was released at a Skills Gap: Supply and Demand in the Massachusetts Economy event in Framingham on June 26, 2012. This is the powerpoint presentation from the event.

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  • Labor Market Trends in the Northeast Region

    Release Date: 11.2012

    This report provides a detailed picture of the region’s current and future labor supply. It is designed to help guide workforce development professionals, policy makers, and civic, education, and business leaders as they make decisions about education and training opportunities.

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  • Labor Market Trends in the Northeast Region (Presentation)

    Release Date: 11.2012

    The report, Labor Market Trends in the Northeast Region, was released at a Skills Gap: Supply and Demand in the Massachusetts Economy event in North Andover on November 8, 2012. This is the powerpoint presentation from the event.

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  • Labor Market Trends in the Pioneer Valley Region

    Release Date: 11.2012

    This report provides a detailed picture of the region’s current and future labor supply. It is designed to help guide workforce development professionals, policy makers, and civic, education, and business leaders as they make decisions about education and training opportunities.

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  • Labor Market Trends in the Pioneer Valley Region (Presentation)

    Release Date: 11.2012

    The report, Labor Market Trends in the Pioneer Valley Region, was released at a Skills Gap: Supply and Demand in the Massachusetts Economy event in Springfield on November 14, 2012. This is the powerpoint presentation from the event.

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  • Labor Market Trends in the Southeast Region

    Release Date: 10.2012

    This report provides a detailed picture of the region’s current and future labor supply. It is designed to help guide workforce development professionals, policy makers, and civic, education, and business leaders as they make decisions about education and training opportunities.

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  • Labor Market Trends in the Southeast Region (Presentation)

    Release Date: 10.2012

    The report, Labor Market Trends in the Southeast Region, was released at a Skills Gap: Supply and Demand in the Massachusetts Economy event in Bridgewater on October 17, 2012. This is the powerpoint presentation from the event.

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2011

  • Measuring Business Impact: A Workforce Development Practitioner’s Guide

    Release Date: 11.2011

    This guidebook for workforce practitioners offers step-by-step instructions to measuring the business impact of workforce programs. It features case studies, tools, tips and worksheets based on Commonwealth Corporation’s experience in measuring business impact of workforce programs in Massachusetts.

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  • Measuring Business Impact: Lessons Learned from Workforce Development in Massachusetts

    Release Date: 09.2011

    This report examines the challenges and opportunities of measuring the impact of workforce development programs on employers. Measuring Business Impact looks at impact of the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund’s (WCTF) 31 projects across multiple industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, trades and financial services.

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  • The Increased Presence of Older Workers in the Massachusetts Labor Market

    Release Date: 07.2011

    This report was prepared by the Center for Labor Markets & Policy at Drexel University for Commonwealth Corporation. It provides an overview of trends in the labor force among the nation’s older population and presents more recent labor market outcomes of older workers in the nation and in Massachusetts. This report also examines the industries and occupations in which older workers in Massachusetts are employed and the change across the different industries/occupations.

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2010

  • CommCorp Information Security Policy

    Release Date: 03.2010

    Commonwealth Corporation recognizes the growing threat of information and identity theft and continues to formulate and implement policies that take steps to safeguard information. This policy is designed to safeguard Information Assets, including but not limited to Personal Information (Defined in Section III Personal Information), and Confidential Information (Defined in Section III Confidential Information) that is collected, used, stored, disposed, or disseminated in the process of providing services. This policy should be used as a basis for creating training for each staff member and as a general guide for each employee. If anything in this policy is not clear, or individuals do not understand how this policy relates to their function, an employee should contact the Information Security Officer or their direct manager for clarification as each employee is responsible for maintaining the security of Information Assets (Defined in Section IV.7 ) used during their daily duties.

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