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DOL Awards Grants to Improve Workforce Data Quality

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June 14, 2013

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DOL Awards Grants to Improve Workforce Data Quality

Earlier this week, the Department of Labor announced the grant winners in the latest round of its Workforce Data Quality Initiative. This is the third round of grants, designed to help states build or expand their longitudinal data systems to better link workforce and education data and enhance the effectiveness of employment and training programs. The six states that were awarded grants in this round include:

  1. Kansas
  2. North Carolina
  3. Ohio
  4. Oregon
  5. Wyoming
  6. Virginia

Ohio and Virginia will be expanding on work already begun, while the other four states will use the grants to develop their workforce longitudinal databases. Overall, grantees will focus on the following goals:

  • developing or improving state workforce longitudinal data systems with individual-level information
  • enabling workforce data to be matched with education data to create longitudinal data systems
  • improving the quality and breadth of the data in the workforce data systems
  • using longitudinal data to provide useful information about program operations
  • analyzing the performance of education and employment training programs
  • providing user-friendly information to consumers, in the form of scorecards or integrated digital platforms, to help them select the training and education programs that best suit their needs

All of these goals will benefit CTE as we work to better provide evidence of our programs’ success. To learn more about the Workforce Data Quality Initiative and prior grantees, visit http://www.doleta.gov/Performance/workforcedatagrant09.cfm.

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