Is CIW successful?

CIW is a model program in the area of workforce intermediaries. In 2015 United Way of Central Iowa and Central Iowa Works were awarded the prestigious 2015 Common Good Award by United Way Worldwide. The award is United Way Worldwide’s top annual honor for community impact, given annually to no more than three United Way affiliates globally.

Common Good Awards recognize promising and effective practices from communities around the world that are applying a range of solutions to community challenges. Common Good Award winners demonstrate strong collaboration across a variety of sectors, and are engaging stakeholders to develop outcome-focused strategies that are rooted in the community’s agenda. They exhibit effective use of data to inform their strategies, and show successful engagement of volunteers and advocates.

CIW received the 2015 United Way of Central Iowa Innovation award for creating a 21st century workforce development program. Because of its structure, mission, and role in workforce development, CIW is able to try new approaches to training and job placement and share the findings from these efforts with other practitioners.

Presently, CIW is engaged in a number of efforts to assist at risk individuals to gain meaningful employment, including:

1. Utilizing workplace simulation to better prepare workers for employment.
2. Developing an Alternative Staffing Organization (ASO). An ASO is an employment strategy that uses a temporary staffing business model coupled with supportive services to help people with obstacles to employment enter and advance in the workforce.

Group of business peopleCore Strategy

The core strategy of Central Iowa Works centers on:

  • Transforming the workforce system in Central Iowa
  • Improving workplace practices
  • Mobilizing and leveraging new and existing resources
  • Addressing workforce and economic development needs in our region
  • Deepening employer engagement
  • Bringing in new industry partnerships
  • Developing and disseminating timely research about what is working in our communities


Goals for 2015

  • Job Seekers Served – 140
  • Job Seekers Enrolled – 140
  • Job Seekers Placed – 108
  • Job Seeker (6-month retention) – 90
  • Job Seeker Credentials – 140
  • Incumbents Served – 300
  • Incumbents Enrolled – 300
  • Incumbent Wage Increases – 210
  • Incumbent Promotions – 35
  • Worker Credentials – 300