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  • Workforce Longitudinal Data System (WLDS)

    In 2012, Michigan was awarded $1 million in U.S. Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration funds to create a connection between workforce data and Michigan’s existing educational State Longitudinal Data System. The resulting Workforce Longitudinal Data System (WLDS) allowed Michigan to connect and evaluate educational and workforce data.

    Michigan’s Talent Investment Agency received its second Workforce Data Quality Initiative grant award in 2015 allowing the addition of new partner agencies and their data to the existing educational, wage and workforce information to provide longitudinal results on a larger population for our stakeholders.

    The Workforce Longitudinal Data System partners with the Michigan Department of Education, Center for Educational Performance and Information, the Department of Technology, Management and Budget’s Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, and Unemployment Insurance to merge data from separate systems to allow outcome analysis.  The system provides essential data to Michigan’s stakeholders, including students/parents, teachers, legislators, workforce and education policymakers, taxpayers and employers.

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  • What About Privacy?

    This video, created by the Virginia Longitudinal Data System, describes the process of ensuring the highest levels of confidentiality. Michigan’s WLDS utilizes similar techniques for maintaining data privacy.

  • The Power of Longitudinal Data Systems: Connecting Data Across Programs and Over Time

    This video describes why many states are aggregating large sets of workforce and educational data, and building tools to help program staff, administrators, and policymakers analyze important patterns and trends.