Network Engagement: Purdue and Workforce Innovation August 2012

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A research university like Purdue is typically not part of a traditional workforce development system.

Purdue, however, has demonstrated how to stimulate workforce innovation by relying on new models of strategy and collaboration.

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Network Engagement: Purdue and Workforce Innovation August 2012

  1. 1. NETWORKED ENGAGEMENT PURDUE’S APPROACH TO WORKFORCE INNOVATION LINK AND LEVERAGE STRATEGIES FOR OPEN NETWORKS Ed Morrison Center for Regional Development | August 2012 edmorrison@purdue.edu
  2. 2. Most of our communities and regions are having difficulty adapting to a transforming economy These innovating networks are sophisticated and take time to evolve Interested Community Community of Practice Innovating Network Advocate Together Learn Together Innovate Together Trust level Time At Purdue, we are working on new ways to build civic networks capable of innovating Open networks require a different type of strategy discipline than we have been using
  3. 3. We gain alignment with “link and leverage” strategies and strategic doing We use a managed network to guide investment and measure results Strategic Doing Do Think EXAMPLE $15 million workforce innovation grant across 14 counties in North Central Indiana RESULTS Achieved “step change” improvements to do more with less: • • • 4 focus areas, 60 initiatives, 80% sustained past initial funding Converted 8% of the national investment into 40% of the national results 1.5 FTE’s added to manage
  4. 4. RESULTS Purdue Guitar Summer Camp to teach manufacturing skills is now offered nationally, funded by NSF RESULTS Highest concentration of Project Lead the Way Schools in the Country | PLTW is now based in Indianapolis RESULTS Created the nation’s first “Green Collar” manufacturing certification and pioneered sustainable manufacturing RESULTS Launched Purdue Certification in Strategic Doing | Developing national network

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