June 17, 2014
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently posted IMPAQ International’s report - Using Workforce Data Quality Databases to Develop and Improve Consumer Report Card Systems – on its website. Contracted by DOL’s Chief Evaluation Office (CEO), IMPAQ and its partners, New Horizons Economic Research and the Urban Institute, conducted a study to understand the connections between the Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI) and state efforts to develop Consumer Report Card Systems (CRCSs).
CRCSs are state systems for calculating earnings- and employment-related outcomes for individuals participating in education and training programs. In November 2010, DOL launched the WDQI, which focused on assembling various sources of workforce data and enabling the data to be linked to education databases. More recent rounds of WDQI grants have focused on supporting the creation or enhancement of state CRCSs.
This report is the first product of IMPAQ’s study and represents the first step in understanding how WDQI states have implemented CRCSs and the potential for other states to do so.