This report from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), Equity Measures in State Outcomes-Based Funding: Incentives for Public Colleges to Support Low Income and Underprepared Students, provides a classification system of "equity measures" and addresses the need for states to build them into their funding formulas.
Federal funding has proven essential to creating, expanding, and maintaining state longitudinal data systems. To date, 48 states, plus the District of Columbia, have received federal State Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) or Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI) grants to fund the development, enhancement, and use of longitudinal data systems.
2016 has been a busy year for workforce data legislation. States have passed bills increasing access to unemployment insurance wage records, creating scorecards for students, and requiring supply/demand analysis. Below are some of the bills that passed in 2016, excerpted from National Skills Coalitions’ 2016 Legislative Round-Up.
The California Edge Coalition, a non-partisan advocacy group, held a workforce data briefing on June 10 for state legislative staff and agency officials. The event, called “Data to Serve Policy, Programs, and People: Reinventing California’s Education and Workforce Data Systems,” spurred discussion about the next steps California should take to effectively manage and use data.
The 2016 session of the Virginia General Assembly, is all but a memory, save for the upcoming reconvened session when the legislature takes action on the Governor’s vetoes. The session was an exciting one for VLDS partners as the Governor had bills establishing VLDS in both chambers and an introduced budget of $2.5 million over the biennium for VLDS.
Adequate sustainable state funding is essential to ensure that states can build, maintain, expand, and effectively utilize state data systems. That is why it is one of WDQC’s 13 Blueprint elements for strong data systems. However, adequate and sustainable funding can be challenging to secure. Below are examples of states that have done it successfully, as well as the reasons they believe they accomplished this feat.
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its solicitation for applications for the fifth round of the Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI) grants.
State Workforce Agencies are invited to apply for the new WDQI grants, in which DOL has approximately $10 million available to fund about eight grants.
The state of Pennsylvania recently rolled out its data warehouse, which integrates program and workforce data from public agencies with earnings and employment data in an effort to answer key policy questions that the state has identified.