Ohio has recently completed its annual update of its Workforce Success Measures Dashboard, which evaluates the outcomes of the state’s largest workforce development programs. The tool was first built by the Ohio Education Research Center (OERC) in collaboration with the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation (OWT) in 2014.
The tool is intended for use by policymakers to continually monitor progress across the state’s workforce development programs, as well as for program administrators to monitor their programs and compare them to similar programs across the state. It can help answer questions including:
- Are participants finding and keeping employment?
- How much do former participants earn?
- Are participants earning credentials?
The Workforce Success Measures Dashboard helps answer these questions about Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs, adult education programs, post-secondary career and technical education funded by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, state-funded financial aid and scholarships for the state’s public colleges, and vocational rehabilitation programs. The tool measures completers, employment and wage outcomes, and credential information, applying common measures across programs. Users can view data by program, county, the state as a whole.
Ohio is one of four states that National Skills Coalition (NSC) has provided technical assistance to as part of the State Workforce and Education Alignment Project (SWEAP). SWEAP is helping states develop cross-program data tools that policy makers can use to align programs with employer skill needs. SWEAP has helped Ohio build a Workforce Supply Tool which provides information about Ohio’s talent supply in key occupations.
Moving forward, Workforce Data Quality Campaign will be providing technical assistance to states looking to create data tools for policymakers. If your state is interested in implementing SWEAP tools, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.