Providing Assistance to Employers, Workers, and Other Stakeholders

Reducing barriers to stakeholder engagement

Reaching underserved communities requires hearing and acting on the needs and ideas of those communities. Thus, programs and research funded through the Department of Labor should require effective coordination with diverse stakeholder groups and representatives. Yet, many of those stakeholders have limited resources to participate in engagement activities. The Department should consider offering appropriate compensation in any grant offering to ensure that grantees engage a diverse, representative group of stakeholders. Examples of compensation that could ensure the right stakeholders are at the table include: transportation reimbursements, a fair hourly compensation for individual participants' time, or grants and subcontracts to organizations, so that they can participate in extended stakeholder engagement and support activities.

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Idea No. 685