How we can help
SJI is an experienced provider of tailored consulting and technical assistance to government agencies, funders, community colleges, community-based organizations and others. We currently assist these entities in the following interconnected areas:
Workforce Program Design and Development
- SJI has more than 20 years of experience as a workforce intermediary designing, developing and implementing sector-based employment and training programs that meet the needs of low-income and low-skill adults as well as local businesses.
- We help organizations/agencies design and implement effective new workforce programs – or improve existing ones—by integrating best/promising practices, data design, “people-centered” design (see below), process improvement, and staff training.
- SJI helps organizations/agencies and systems ensure that programs and services are more intentionally designed and delivered to meet the expressed needs of the individuals and communities they aim to serve, thereby increasing their effectiveness as well as participation rates.
- Our approach combines aspects of human-centered design, applied behavioral science, and process improvement to first identify and understand targeted areas where programs and services are not fully responsive to participant needs, then to design, test and integrate solutions to address these gaps.
- SJI’s Student-Centered Design Consulting Program, a primary component of People-Centered-Design, focuses this approach on helping community college systems and programs better meet the needs of underserved students with the goal of improving enrollment, engagement, and persistence outcomes. Read more
Workforce Funding / SNAP E&T Program Development
- SJI is a national expert in developing and implementing SNAP E&T programs at both a statewide and service provider (third-party partner) level.
- Since 2015, SJI has been the federally-contracted organization operating the SNAP to Skills Project in partnership with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, providing in-depth SNAP E&T technical assistance to 10 States each year and developing a national platform for the program. Access the SNAP to Skills website HERE.
- SJI is also directly engaged by States, Counties, municipalities, funders and providers to help them build high-quality SNAP E&T programs. To learn more about how SJI can help you with your program and to access SNAP E&T resources, view our SNAP E&T Consulting/Technical Assistance page HERE, or our SNAP E&T Resource Center
Labor Market and Related Research/Analysis
- SJI has extensive experience conducting in-depth research into local labor markets to help workforce systems and providers (governments, colleges, community-based organizations, etc.) to identify promising sectors and occupations to target for job training programs.
- We closely analyze data as well as develop valuable information from local businesses to ensure that programs are best tailored to meet business needs and lead to well-paying careers.
- SJI also provides organizations/agencies with other research and analysis support, including demographics, community needs assessment, partner/participant surveys, etc.
- SJI is an experienced program evaluator, with expertise in conducting both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis to assist individual organizations/agencies, collaborations, systems and funders to evaluate both the implementation processes and impact of workforce development and related social service programs.
Systems Mapping and Integration
- SJI is experienced in helping workforce and social service organizations/agencies and systems (e.g., public housing, human services) to identify and map resources available (and gaps in resources) needed to help individuals with barriers seeking to become competitive for living-wage careers.
- Using a People-Centered Design approach (above), SJI can help systems such as WIOA, SNAP/SNAP E&T, TANF and others better integrate and align to create a more seamless and efficient system of training and supports for customers and provider partners.