Research Topics

Workforce Policy & Practice

In 2002, the Center conducted a comprehensive process evaluation of welfare-to-work services in Camden County, New Jersey to profile the array of services provided in the county and to identify areas where the system could be strengthened. The evaluation featured extensive, in-depth site visits to all service providers in Camden County, focus groups with recipients, in-depth interviews with program staff and stakeholders, analysis of administrative data, and a telephone follow-up survey of individuals receiving services. (Funded by the New Jersey Department of Human Services)

In 2007, the Heldrich Center assisted the New Jersey Governor’s Office of Economic Growth to develop version 2.0 of the state’s Economic Growth Strategy. In 2006, the Heldrich Center played a primary role in the development of the first version of the strategy. In 2007, the Heldrich Center assisted in the development of the state’s strategies for: urban economic development, global trade and investment, and workforce development.

This project seeks to develop “linked,” tripartite case studies of industry, workers, and communities. These cases will examine business strategy, workforce development and career patterns, and engage communities in assessing labor market and socioeconomic changes in the Arctic and sub-Arctic wage economy.