Helps to set the tone for the organization and also defines the processes, structures and requirements that influence job quality and equity outcomes. Organizations can directly influence what is mandated, incentivized or prohibited through regulations. Further, this lever can be a powerful signal to the community of the value of job quality and equity, encouraging change within other organizations.

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How government agencies can use policy:


  • Reviewing existing local policies to understand what exists to support job quality (e.g. wages, fair scheduling, access to benefits)
  • Examining current advocacy partnerships, as well as staff time allocation, and identifying gaps
  • Conducting labor market research/assessments or program data to understand policy gaps or impacts and inform policymakers

Knowledge Building and Buy-In

  • Understanding the process to pass or update local policies
  • Building local alignment on the definition (and supporting sources) of a living wage for the area
  • Creating or expanding inter-agency collaboration to jointly address job quality policy and corresponding funding
  • Interagency collaboration on policy development, implementation, success metrics and evaluation
  • Engaging policymakers in the work directly - board participation, award ceremonies, press, site visits, etc.


  • Passing local level policies that codify job quality principles such as wages, schedules, and access to benefits
  • Requiring alignment of diverse funding streams (e.g. WIOA, TANF, CDBG) to achieve shared policy goals - shared spaces, enrollment processes, integrated systems, etc.
  • Providing templates, tools, or standard language that partners can use to implement policy changes in other jurisdictions
  • Participating in local, state or federal advocacy efforts on job quality or population specific issues
  • Elevating diverse voices and stories to bring policy success and gaps to life

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