Dashboards for Policymakers
Regularize reporting to the governor and state legislature on education and employment outcomes across all education and workforce programs for comparison with current and projected data on job openings and future industry demand.
State Blueprint in Action
Texas launched a dashboard showing results for eight workforce programs. The online display uses colorful charts to show users program outcomes by selected demographic characteristics. One chart shows employment and earnings indicators for participants both before and after the program. Full program reports show more characteristics and outcomes for program participants, including employment by industry and enrollment in adult basic education or higher education.
Virginia developed a workforce scorecard in collaboration with the Governor’s office, the Virginia Workforce Council (State Workforce Investment Board) and the Council on Virginia’s Future. It is designed to track efforts across multiple agencies to educate and train Virginia’s workers. The state’s workforce development system is multi-layered and involves many partners, including secondary and postsecondary institutions, private and public sector workforce groups, community organizations and human services providers. The dashboard shows trends on selected metrics like credential attainment, labor force participation and apprenticeship participation.
Washington prepares annual reports that show results for a dozen of the state’s largest workforce programs, including apprenticeship, career and technical education, and the adult, dislocated worker, and youth programs funded through the Workforce Investment Act. These reports show policymakers key indicators and performance trends over time for each program, as well as demographic and performance data for the programs as a whole. The report also includes information from a return on investment study conducted every four years. The study estimates the cost/benefit to taxpayers of each program by looking at factors like program expenses vs. tax revenues from program completers’ increased wages. This type of data can help state legislators make decisions about program funding.