Last week, California’s Governor signed Assembly Bill 1336, which will clarify existing law by enabling the California Workforce Development Board (CWDB) to create a process to measure the impact of the state’s workforce training and education programs on the state’s labor market.
Dashboards for policymakers
Ohio has recently completed its annual update of its Workforce Success Measures Dashboard, which evaluates the outcomes of the state’s largest workforce development programs. The tool was first built by the Ohio Education Research Center (OERC) in collaboration with the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation (OWT) in 2014.
WDQC, in collaboration with the Maryland Longitudinal Data System (MLDS) Center, held a packed meeting this week about using data tools to impact policy change in Maryland. At the meeting, more than 35 representatives of Maryland state and local governments, postsecondary academic institutions, and Maryland-oriented foundations joined together to learn about data tools for policymakers and discuss how they could be used to further Maryland’s policy priorities.
New legislation, UT SB 194, replaces Utah’s longitudinal data system, the Utah Data Alliance (UDA) with the Utah Data Research Center (UDRC). In doing so, this bill changes the system’s governance model, builds the state’s research capacity, institutionalizes inter-agency data sharing, and promotes data use.
More and more states are creating online tools to help students and programs get the information they need about higher education programs. This year, Connecticut and Indiana have each released tools that can help these audiences answer critical questions about how graduates fare in the labor market.
Regional economic dashboards for workforce stakeholders were on the agenda during the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) and Labor Market Information (LMI) Institute conference recently held in Minneapolis. Many agencies and institutions are now producing easy-to-access information on key workforce indicators. Here are just a few that were featured during the conference.
The Maryland Longitudinal Data Center has recently added new dashboards to its website that will allow policymakers to easily assess outcomes and answer research questions such as “what happens to students who start at community colleges and do not go on to 4-year institutions?” and “what are the workforce outcomes for Maryland students who earn a high school diploma but do not transition to postsecondary education or training?”
Congress passed the Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Act of 2016 yesterday. The legislation, which received wide bipartisan support, would establish a Commission to make recommendations on government data that may be used to evaluate federal programs and the spending of public dollars.
I am proud to announce a series of accomplishments the Minnesota Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI) team and its partners have made over the last four months. These accomplishments are: