Projects and Products

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States produce “products” and “projects” through the Multi-State Data Collaborative infrastructure. Products are tools or applications that use data to create insights that help policymakers, program administrators, and customers improve processes, strategies, programs, and decisions. Projects are research and development efforts where collaborative members test new ideas and adapt or expand existing products. See below to learn more about collaborative projects and products!

Collaborative Products

Below are two examples of exploratory collaborative projects that have grown into collaborative data products that are informing practice among state, local, and regional leaders. The two products are the Multi-State Post-Secondary Report and the Unemployment to Reemployment Portal.

Plans are underway to add data from Indiana and Tennessee to the Postsecondary Outcomes Dashboard. The states of New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Virginia recently received a Democratizing our Data Challenge grant through the Coleridge Initiative to bring the Multi-state Postsecondary Dashboard to the Eastern States Longitudinal Data Collaborative. The state of Ohio also received a Democratizing our Data Challenge grant to incorporate workforce credentials and data on postsecondary “non-completers” into the dashboard.

Unemployment to Reemployment Portal

States in the Midwest Collaborative are working across state borders to create real-time labor market information that is critical for local economic response. This interactive tool draws in the latest de-identified Unemployment Insurance claims data, processed through the secure Administrative Data Research Facility (ADRF) environment. The tool provides insights on claimant unemployment experience based on a longitudinal framework. It can answer such questions as: What are the local labor markets hit the hardest by layoffs? What is the economic impact of the layoffs on the local economy? What is the demographic, industry and occupation mix of the unemployed as we gear up local training programs for their reemployment?  More fundamentally, what can we say about UI claimant behavior in local labor markets, especially its persistence? And, what does reemployment look like in the local labor market?

The Unemployment to Reemployment Portal has been replicated by the states of Indiana and Missouri. The states of Texas and Ohio created UI data tool inspired by the Illinois tool. Planned expansions include the states of Wisconsin and Arkansas. Illinois is planning enhancements to the portal to generate timely measures of reemployment activity. In 2021, moreover, USDOL/ETA partnered with Coleridge Initiative and Illinois to conduct a 3-month national training with 120 participants representing 30 states.

Pipeline Projects

State leaders responded enthusiastically to A Democratizing our Data Challenge, which awards funds to support emerging projects and connect states and agencies to share knowledge, models, and products.

Democratizing our Data Challenge Projects

The Democratizing our Data Challenge was designed to build on successful investments made by government agencies to collaborate, develop, and scale tools and practices—such as dashboards, reemployment portals, applied data analytics training programs, and data models—in order to have better evidence that informs education and workforce policy.
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State agency leaders across the country are driving the emergence and sustainability of multi-state data collaboratives. This work is being supported by NASWA, the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO), the Coleridge Initiative, and other partners and funders. This webpage is a joint partner effort, led by state agency leaders, to provide public information about the collaboratives, including their activities and products.