Data Champions Gather for 2016 WDQI Convening

by Jenna Leventoff
February 11, 2016

Last week data champions from around the country congregated in Arlington, VA for the 2016 State Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) P-20W Best Practices Conference and Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI) Convening. The convening brought together SLDS and WDQI grantees to meet peers, share recent projects, and learn about best practices.

During one session, called the “Gallery Walk,” attendees were able to view images of recent state accomplishments and ask questions. The Gallery Walk showcased a number of state efforts including:

· Indiana: Indiana discussed its continued progress towards applying occupation codes to wage records, in order to track career pathways and measure outcomes. Current efforts are focused, in part, on adding occupation codes to the wage records of public employees and individuals holding licenses. 

· Mississippi: Mississippi discussed its website, Mississippi Works, which can help jobseekers find available positions, determine whether they match job requirements, and find training providers offering programs that can help them obtain the skills needed for a particular position. The website is intended to enable all Mississippians to find a job.

· Texas: Texas showcased Texas CREWS, which is intended to help students make informed decisions about postsecondary education and career pathways. It provides comparative information about Texas’s public two and four year institutions, including average wages one, three, five, eight, and ten years after graduation. These results are displayed by institution and degree.

In addition to the Gallery Walk, state representatives attended a session about the State of the State of Workforce Data, presented by WDQC Policy Analyst Jenna Leventoff and Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce State Initiative Director Neil Ridley. The session provided an overview of state progress on workforce data systems, recent data developments in states, and updates about federal policy. States also attended on sessions about data visualization and value creation.

To learn more about efforts underway in the states, please visit WDQC’s State Solutions page