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Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI)
Grant Information

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) launched round one of WDQI to fund the development, or enhancement, of state workforce longitudinal administrative databases. These state longitudinal databases will, at a minimum, include information on programs that provide training and employment services and will be linked longitudinally at the individual level to allow for analysis leading to enhanced opportunity for program evaluation and better information for customers and stakeholders of the workforce system.

WDQI funding is made available through competitive grants administered by DOL in support of a parallel and much larger effort, the Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) grants administered by the U.S. Department of Education. These two programs encourage the development of state education and workforce longitudinal administrative databases. Ultimately, databases developed through WDQI should be linked to education data at the individual level. Collecting these and other data sources longitudinally will provide a comprehensive picture of workers' earnings throughout their careers. Through analysis, these data will demonstrate the relationship between education and training programs, as well as the additional contribution of the provision of other employment services.

WHAT OUTCOME OR OUTPUTS ARE EXPECTED OF THE GRANTEES?

Each WDQI grantee is expected to fully develop (or expand in the case where states have a database underway) their workforce longitudinal database in addition to using that database to conduct analysis of state workforce and education systems. Additionally, WQDI grantees are expected to use this data analysis to create materials (i.e., scorecards) on state workforce performance to share with workforce system stakeholders and the public.

CURRENT AND PREVIOUS WDQI GRANTEES

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Key identifying whether states are receiving one or more than one WDQI grant award

National Office Liaison: Toquir Ahmed, Ahmed.Toquir@dol.gov, 202-693-3901


Round 6 (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2020)

Funding Opportunity Press Release - https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20170404
FOA - http://www.doleta.gov/grants/pdf/FOA-ETA-17-01.pdf
Grant Recipients News Release - https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20170616

Region

Grantee

FPO
(backup)

FPO
Email

FPO
Phone Number

Region 3

Alabama

Melissa Keels

Keels.Melissa@dol.gov

404-302-5367

Region 5

Indiana

Tommy Ouyang

Ouyang.Tommy@dol.gov

312-596-5512

Region 5

Iowa

Tommy Ouyang

Ouyang.Tommy@dol.gov

312-596-5512

Region 3

Kentucky

Melissa Keels

Keels.Melissa@dol.gov

404-302-5367

Region 1

Massachusetts

Kate Banimenia

Banimenia.Kathleen@dol.gov

617-788-0126

Region 3

Mississippi

Jessica Otieno

Otieno.Jessica@dol.gov

404-302-5379

Region 5

Missouri

Tommy Ouyang

Ouyang.Tommy@dol.gov

312-596-5512

Region 1

Rhode Island

Arlene Riendeau

Riendeau.Arlene.l@dol.gov

617-788-0165


Round 6 Grantees (Visit FOA-ETA-15-06 to view each grantee's abstract and technical proposal)


State Grantee Funding Amount

Alabama

Alabama Department of Labor

$1,000,000

Indiana

Indiana Department of Workforce Development

$1,000,000

Iowa

Iowa Workforce Development

$997,890

Kentucky

Kentucky Education and Work Force Development Cabinet

$1,000,000

Massachusetts

Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

$1,000,000

Mississippi

Mississippi Department of Employment Security

$2,700,000

Missouri

Missouri Division Workforce Development

$1,000,000

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training

$2,700,000

Total:

$11,397,890


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CONTACT

For information, please contact: ETAPerforms@dol.gov