Examines the use of longitudinal administrative data systems to measure and report on program outcomes for education and training providers.

This report reviews the Department of Labor’s Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI) “grants and state efforts to develop [Consumer Report Card Systems] CRCSs” (p.v). This study has three main objectives:

•    “To understand the relationship between the WDQI and state efforts to develop CRCSs, including describing WDQI states’ current systems for reporting outcomes for education/training programs, how the WDQI grants have been used to create or improve existing CRCSs, and the key factors related to successful CRCS implementation.

•    To assess the degree to which states without existing CRCSs are prepared to implement them, focusing in particular on their existing data infrastructure.

•     To identify how DOL [the U.S. Department of Labor] can support the implementation of CRCSs beyond the states with existing systems and improve the quality of CRCSs in states that already have them” (p.v-vi).

(Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)

Full publication title: Using Workforce Data Quality Initiative Databases to Develop and Improve Consumer Report Card Systems