NASWA Awarded Research and Learning Opportunities Grant



WASHINGTON – The National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help workforce agencies develop multi-state data collaboratives and more timely labor market and workforce information.

“We are honored and excited to receive this significant investment that will help address the critical need for increased workforce data,” said Scott B. Sanders, NASWA President and CEO. “These funds will provide opportunities for states to share workforce, education, and other program data to guide policy and promote economic mobility.”

The grant will build on NASWA’s previous work with the Coleridge Initiative to support the emergence of state-led regional collaborative groups. State data collaboratives enable program and data staff to partner across departments and state boundaries to access and link a broader array of data using a shared secure network. The goal is more rapid development of information and products that support smoother labor market transitions and better employment outcomes for workers and learners.

These funds will also accelerate NASWA’s work in launching the National Labor Exchange (NLx) Research Hub to develop more timely access and functionality for jobs data from the NLx. The NLx Research Hub will make real-time job vacancy information a public utility for the first time, broadening opportunities for research, analytics, and product development. Several state workforce agencies will pilot integrations between the NLx job posting data and traditional labor market information sources through this investment.

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About the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (www.naswa.org): NASWA is the national organization representing all 50 state workforce agencies, D.C. and U.S. territories. These agencies deliver training, employment, career, and business services, in addition to administering the unemployment insurance, veteran reemployment, and labor market information programs. NASWA provides policy expertise, shares promising state practices, and promotes state innovation and leadership in workforce development.

About the National Labor Exchange (NLx): The NLx collects and distributes job openings found on corporate career sites and state job banks or labor exchanges and has been a vital resource to state workforce agencies and the broader public workforce system since 2007.