The Value Chain Mapping tool helps implementers and policymakers understand the systemic competitiveness resulting from the horizontal and vertical linkages between firms that increase efficiency in an economy. By identifying constraints in the value chain, it is possible to ascertain how best to influence a particular firm’s participation, entry points to intervene, and where to expect improvements in opportunities for workers’ jobs.
RTI International developed this tool for mapping complex workforce development systems and diagnosing their performance from a stakeholder perspective. RTI intentionally took an “institutionally agnostic” approach to this mapping, choosing to focus on functions and processes rather than certain institutions or individuals.
A causal loop model is a free-form map that shows causal relationships between variables in a system. Causal loop models help us to make explicit our understanding of how different factors are interacting to cause specific patterns and outcomes in a system.
Product space depicts a network map in which products are closer to one another if growth in their exports is correlated, while economic complexity is “a measure of the knowledge in a society that gets translated into the products it makes.” When countries become more economically complex by upgrading or moving to more sophisticated products, economic growth and progress can occur, and the more closely related the products are to what the country is already producing, the easier this process is.
No one understands the dynamics of a workforce system better than the people who interact with it every day. Their unique insights allow them to react to labor market assessment data collected and suggest possible policy and program options and changes. Consulting with stakeholders and sector experts using a collaborative, structured exercise focuses the discussion around practical solutions to labor market challenges.
A Tool for Implementing Labor Market Assessments A stocks and flows diagram can allow the viewer to instantly visualize the composition of a labor market in terms of educational attainment and age, and to see emerging trends. This guide explains the utility of such a diagram, using the example of Kenya’s youth labor pool in 2013. In the figure, one can see the current population (stock) and flow (transition) of students from primary all the way through the various postsecondary education tracks (Youth Polytechnic, TVET, College, and University) and into the labor market.
This guide presents an overview of the policy areas that impact the labor market and provides an interview guide with specific questions to be asked during both desk research and of stakeholders during field research.
The paper provides policymakers and youth-serving organizations with a framework to better diagnose short- to medium-term constraints facing unemployed youth, with the goal of designing evidence based youth employment interventions.