Dashboards for policymakers
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded nearly $10 million in its fifth round of Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI) grants to help states build or expand their longitudinal databases. The nine states who received grants are Alaska, Arkansas, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington.
Ohio joins a growing list of states that recognize the need for access to better data to make informed decisions regarding public investments in workforce programs. In an effort to help workforce program administrators and policymakers assess program performance, the state recently rolled out its new Workforce Success Measures dashboard.
Last week the California Assembly passed A.B. 2148, establishing a state workforce dashboard that will show the performance of major workforce development programs. The Senate has already passed the bill, and it is now on its way to Governor Brown for his signature. Assembly Member Kevin Mullin sponsored the legislation.
As the nation awaits the release of the Obama Administration’s report on job-driven training, National Governors Association (NGA) Chair Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin released her initiative’s final report, An Action Guide for Governors, which describes how gubernatorial leadership can help to prepare America’s workforce to remain competitive.
The state of Mississippi is showing how policymakers can use information from the state’s longitudinal data system to learn more about education and workforce program outcomes.
Recently, Mississippi LifeTracks issued its first special report, which was requested by State Senator Angela Hill and featured in an opinion piece published in Southern Mississippi’s Sun Herald newspaper.
In an opinion piece that appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer today, Daniel Greenstein, director of Education for Postsecondary Success at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, affirmed the steps necessary to drive a more inclusive, equitable and effective system of higher education.
Rachel Zinn, WDQC Director, served as a panelist during a meeting of the Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI) grantees yesterday in Washington, DC. She talked about ways to improve access to and alignment of K-12, higher education and workforce data systems, and also introduced WDQC’s policy agenda for reform to meeting participants.