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  • Workforce Longitudinal Data System (WLDS)

    Michigan’s Workforce Development Agency (WDA) was awarded a U.S. Department of Labor grant in 2012 to build a connection between Michigan’s statewide longitudinal data systems (SLDS), managed by Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI), which includes pre-kindergarten to post-secondary records, the WDA’s One Stop Management Information System (OSMIS), which includes workforce program information (WIA/WIOA, TANF, TAA, Wagner-Peyser) and the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) wage record information. The Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI) was launched in 2010 to further the educational SLDS begun by the U.S. Department of Education. The linkage of records between the separate databases is significant; it allows comprehensive analyses of the relationship between education and training programs, the provision of employment services, and employment within our state.

    System Goals

    • Develop and improve state workforce longitudinal data systems.
    • Enable wage and workforce system data to be matched with education data.
    • Improve the quality and breadth of the data in workforce longitudinal data systems.
    • Use longitudinal data to provide information about program operation and analyze the performance of education training programs.
    • Provide user-friendly information to consumers to help them select the education and training programs that best suit their needs.
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Other Resources

  • 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.