The Collaboratives

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Midwest Data Collaborative (MWC)

In 2018, representatives of state agencies, philanthropic organizations, and research institutions from nine states gathered in Chicago to discuss new data approaches to understand workers’ and learners’ labor market transitions and measure the labor market outcomes of education and work opportunities and public interventions. This meeting served as the catalyst for a Midwest Data Collaborative that continues to produce to this day. An Interim Executive Committee, elected in the spring of 2021, leads efforts of the Collaborative. Its work and products serve as a guidepost for emerging collaboratives in other regions.

View 2018 Inaugural Meeting Report

Southern Regional Data Collaborative (SRDC)

In September 2021, state workforce and education agency representatives from seven Southern states met to explore collaboration possibilities in their region. A Southern Regional Data Collaborative (SRDC) emerged from that meeting. The SRDC’s first activity was to identify areas of shared focus. The SRDC then established working groups charged with developing strategies to pursue collaborative projects. The Southern Regional Data Collaborative is led by an Interim Executive Committee of state leaders nominated and elected by the members of the collaborative.

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Eastern States Longitudinal Data Collaborative (ESLDC)

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The Eastern States Longitudinal Data Collaborative (ESLDC) formed in 2020, with support from the U.S. Department of Education's Statewide Longitudinal Data System grant program. The ESLDC is comprised of representatives from 12 states and Washington, DC. The purpose of the ESLDC is to collaboratively develop solutions to address challenges in analyzing education and workforce agency data and to pool resources so data analysis may create products that inform public policy. Since its inception, ESLDC members have collaborated on multiple grant-funded projects that include cross-state data sharing. An interim executive board of three state leaders was created in 2022 to set the research agenda, examine data governance, and propose a permanent governance structure.