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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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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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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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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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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Rep. Ryan Advocates Utilizing IDS for Program Evaluation

Ryan is interested in creating a Clearinghouse for Program and Survey Data, which would combine data on government programs with administrative and survey data to allow researchers to evaluate the impact of programs…to read the rest of the article, click here.

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New CA Bill Cites Administrative Data

A bill recently introduced to the California State Senate – Assembly Bill (AB) 388 – refers to administrative data to reflect perils of foster youth involved in the juvenile justice system. It aims to prevent foster youth from being arrested or charged for misbehavior they would only experience in foster care. The bill would limit…

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OMB Issues FY 2016 Budget Guidance

This guidance to department and agency heads specifically addresses how to move forward with regard to the July 26, 2013 OMB Memo, “Next Steps in the Evidence and Innovation Agenda.” OMB notes, “We appreciate agencies’ participation in the wide range of ongoing efforts to strengthen the use of data and evidence to drive better decision…

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OMB Issues Memo on Administrative Data Use

In Feb. 2014 OMB released a memo stressing the necessity of utilizing “existing data to facilitate agencies’ programmatic work and enhance the value of those data to the American public.” The memo contains four detailed elements that outline how federal agencies should move forward.   To access, the entire memo, click here. 

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OMB Advisory on Data Sharing: Effective Benefits and Strategic Cautions

Sharing Data While Protecting Privacy, a memorandum released by the Office of Management and Budget in November 2010, notes the critical role of accurate and reliable data to increase the effectiveness of Federal programs. This memo urges Federal agencies to adopt new approaches that permit data exchange in a responsible and appropriate manner. There are…

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