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.
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.
Students in Georgia now have an online tool from which they can learn more about potential educational options in the state. In early January 2017, Georgia's Governor's Office of Student Achievement released the Georgia Higher Learning and Earnings (GHLE) dashboard. The interactive tool allows users to see how much money graduates of Georgia’s universities and technical colleges are earning one and five years after graduation. Users can view this information by institution, degree type, or major.
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.
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.
The State Workforce and Education Alignment Project (SWEAP) is demonstrating how state policymakers can use information from three types of data tools. These tools — dashboards, pathway evaluators, and supply and demand reports — can help states to develop policies that align workforce and education programs with each other and with employer skill needs.