Asset mapping is a critical first step in marshaling the resources that a community can leverage to support integrated workforce and economic development initiatives.
According to Webster's Second International Unabridged Dictionary, an asset is "any item of value." To achieve its economic and workforce development goals, every region has its own unique set of assets—tangible and intangible—to call upon. While these resources may or may not provide an advantage over other regions with similar goals, they do provide the foundation for actions that a region can take in realistic hopes of improving its overall competitive position.
Asset mapping can be undertaken at different levels, depending on the availability of time and resources and on the ambition of the regional leadership team. At its most basic level, the asset mapping process will provide leaders with an inventory of key resources that can be utilized in a development effort.
A more comprehensive asset mapping initiative will provide a deep understanding of the key networks and cultural attitudes that shape the regional economy indicate "gap" areas that require further investment, and provide a baseline by which to judge future progress toward regional prosperity. Such an effort requires significant research to assess the impact of regional assets—human, financial, institutional, and natural among others—on the innovation and productivity that ultimately drive the prosperity of local citizens. Career OneStop.org is an excellence source of information about the value of asset mapping.
Client Tracking and Reporting
Is your one Stop team spending most of their time tracking down clients for reporting purposes? If your organization is like many around the U.S., caring professionals are frustrated that they cannot devote time to their clients where they would get the best return on their time investment. Instead they are busy doing follow up for reporting purposes.
Help your team do the things they really need to do and want to do. Let ERISS do the grunt work of tracking and reporting on your clients.
Data Analysis and Reporting
ERISS uses its technology and survey expertise to track and report on clients. Data is aggregated statistically tabulated using SPSS (PAWS) statistical analysis software. For each unit, the following required elements will be tabulated and reported:
- Total Placements
- Employment Retention Goal general
- Employment Retention Goal employed with same employer
- Employer fulfillment
- Total number of connections to employment
These elements will be reported quarterly and yearly. A year-end report will be provided which will aggregate all information for the year in a more detailed manner, including graphs and charts, narrative, and explanation of methodology.