As our workforce system strives to meet the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) aspirations of data integration, continuous program and participant outcome improvement, information from three WorkforceGPS Communities of Practice can help. Review the state of integrated data systems across the nation, discover how to make your Registered Apprentice’s performance count, and learn how to build a longitudinal data system to improve program outcomes in the resources that follow.

A Changing Development Landscape: The Current State of Data Technology Systems and Preparing for What Lies Ahead
Workforce Systems Strategies resource presents the Workforce Data Systems project final report. The project, initiated by two national workforce associations, sought to understand whether WIOA program partners effectively applied technology to assess the labor market, improve stakeholder communication, streamline case management, and meet WIOA goals. The policy paper presents survey and site-visit data from 46 states and presents an analysis of challenges and promising practices at state, local, and service provider levels. The paper concludes with suggestions for practitioners and policymakers, including creating integrated data systems and implementing standard data definitions and schema, some of which are already in place today!

Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) - WIOA Reporting Guide
This two-page quick reference guide explains how local workforce development professionals should collect and report performance information for WIOA participants participating in Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAPs). To receive full credit for performance outcomes and meet performance reporting requirements, service providers must collect and report data on the Participant Individual Record Layout (PIRL) elements related to participant employment, recognized credentials, measurable skill gains, and training. The guide provides brief definitions of each relevant reporting element. It also offers links to relevant federal guidance and other useful resources to ensure accurate and timely performance reporting on participants in RAPs.

Putting Data to Work: A Guide to Building Longitudinal Data Systems from a Workforce Perspective
As education, workforce development, and human service systems seek to understand and improve the impact of programs and services on shared customers, longitudinal data systems (LDS) that link student or program participant’s academic and program performance data across partner entities over time can help. This manual describes a model LDS that facilitates evaluation and understanding of system services, benefits, and customer outcomes. The guide’s five chapters explain how a state workforce agency can create each element of an LDS. From accessing development funding and personnel supports to attaining stakeholder and partner buy-in, this resource can further LDS design and implementation.