Roundtable: [DATA] Workforce Development: Better Data for Better Decisions
(Employment and Training Programs)

Saturday, November 8, 2014: 10:15 AM-11:45 AM
Enchantment I (Convention Center)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Roundtable Organizers:  Shelley Metzenbaum, The Volcker Alliance
Moderators:  Shelley Metzenbaum, The Volcker Alliance
Speakers:  Carolyn Heinrich, University of Texas, Austin, Demetra Smith Nightingale, U.S. Department of Labor and Stephen Bell, Abt Associates

More attention to the collation, analysis, and dissemination of workforce development data could help practitioners in the field and central offices, as well as researchers, leading to higher impact programs with greater return on investment. This session will explore how the current workforce development data system should work (e.g., more frequent, accessible data tagged so it can be sorted in relevant ways; disseminated to data suppliers in ways that give them value so they care about data quality; disseminated to researchers so they can use it and answer questions that increase beneficial program impact.) It will also look at why the current data systems don't work as well as they should and practical next steps for enhancing the learning value of workforce development data.
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