Federal Privacy and Data Security Regulations

Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking Releases Final Report

Find full report here.  Last Thursday afternoon, the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking (the “Commission”) held a press conference to present their final recommendations aimed at simultaneously improving the availability of rigorous evidence to inform policymaking and the security of citizens’ private, personal information. As Katharine Abraham, chairperson of the Commission said, “We think we can …

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Launching the Data-Driven Justice Initiative: Disrupting the Cycle of Incarceration

Every year, more than 11 million people move through America’s 3,100 local jails, many on low-level, non-violent misdemeanors, costing local governments approximately $22 billion a year.In local jails, 64 percent of people suffer from mental illness, 68 percent have a substance abuse disorder, and 44 percent suffer from chronic health problems.Communities across the country have …

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Protecting and enhancing the role of evidence: Interview with Kathy Stack of LJAF

What works: A new emphasis on evidence in the US Kathy Stack retired from federal service last year after 34 years (prior to OMB, she served for six years at the Department for Education). Not for her, though, the sunlit uplands of retirement. Instead, she headed for the Laura and John Arnold Foundation – a …

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Ed Tech and Kathy Styles Discuss : Protecting Student Data

The Department of Education’s Kathleen Styles wants schools to proactively protect sensitive student information. The emergence of Big Data in education has created a paradox for K–12 schools. On one side, a tantalizing analytical engine by which to gauge student and institutional progress. On the other, a potential security threat that needs to be handled …

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Passing the Privacy Test as Student Data Laws Take Effect

On January 1, 2016, “ SOPIPA”—the recently passed California student data privacy law that defines how edtech companies can use student data became effective. About 25 other states have passed similar laws that are already in effect, or will become effective. At the same time, more than 200 school service providers have now signed the …

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Moneyball for Head Start: Using Data, Evidence, and Evaluation to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families

Head Start is a valuable federal program that improves the lives of our nation’s most vulnerable children and their families. Research shows that Head Start programs improve children’s learning at school entry and have a positive impact on long-term life outcomes. Yet research also suggests that Head Start could have a stronger impact on children’s …

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WDQC’s Infographic Explaining WIOA Data

The Workforce Data Quality Campaign (WDQC) released an infographic about the flow of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) data, entitled “How WIOA Performance Data Works.” Each of WIOA’s four titles authorizes different job training programs intended to upskill the U.S. workforce and align labor market supply and demand. A key feature of WIOA is …

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Schools, Government Agencies Move to Share Student Data

The struggle to protect students’ privacy while making use of the data collected on them in school has for years been focused on the role of outside companies. But while that debate has raged in Congress and statehouses across the country, K-12 school systems in more than a dozen cities and counties have quietly begun …

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FERPA Bill Introduced in the House

Shortly before heading home for August recess, Representatives Todd Rokita (R-IN), Marcia Fudge (D-OH), John Kline (R-MN), and Bobby Scott (D-VA), all on the House Education and Workforce Committee, introduced the Student Privacy Protection Act (H.R. 3157). As explained in the committee press release, the legislation would update the student privacy protections under the Family …

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OMB Issues Memorandum to Improve Statistical Activities through Interagency Collaboration

This memorandum strongly encourages the Federal statistical agencies and units, and their parent Departments, to build interagency collaboration that will help the Federal statistical community more effectively meet the information needs of the 21st century. My memorandum of November 26, 2014, on Department Support for Implementation of Statistical Policy Directive No. 1, asked each Department …

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Paying for Results: Making the Case for Funding ‘Pay for Success’ Initiatives (Industry Perspective)

Pay for success financing (PFS), often part of a social impact bond, is a new concept in which private investment supports the delivery of preventive services that save the government money —  and those savings are used to repay the investment. PFS is attractive because it has the potential to finance innovative evidence-based services while …

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Rachel Zinn, Director of the Workforce Data Quality Campaign, Answers Questions from the AISP Team in Regards to President Obama’s Budget and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

AISP: You are likely aware of the Administrative Data chapter in President Obama’s 2016 budget. What was your impression of its focus on “improving access to workforce data” and what do you think we can expect from this statement? Rachel Zinn: “We were thrilled to see that the 2016 President’s Budget includes proposals to expand …

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Performance Partnership Pilots (P3)

The P3 solicitation was released yesterday, and Forum FYI has created a P3 Hub with all the information necessary for applying. The Federal Register announcement states, “The Partnership Pilots (P3) program…will enable up to ten pilot sites to test innovative, outcome-focused strategies to achieve significant improvements in educational, employment, and other key outcomes for disconnected youth …

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