Data Policy Toolkit - Implementing the State Blueprint
Data Policy Toolkit: Implementing the State Blueprint provides information about policies that states can enact to improve data infrastructure and promote data use for decision-making by state leaders, employers, training providers, and students and workers. This Toolkit provides descriptions of selected data challenges that can be addressed with state policy and examples of states that successfully enacted data policies on the topics of establishing a longitudinal data system, a governancy body, authorized data sharing, and state funding approaches. The Toolkit also includes legislative templates that can provide a basis for new bills or Executive Orders. Lastly, the Toolkit includes a guide for creating data tools, including scorecards for students and workers, data dashboards for policymakers, feedback reports for educators and program managers, and skills gap analyses.
Data Policy Toolkit is organized very nicely and is easy to use. The challenging policy points are a great starting place for discussion. The explanations and their accompanying examples from states bring the points to life and allows the reader to imagine how changes might be implemented in their own program. The templates provided are thorough and detailed but meant to be flexible. The Data Tools section provides useful tools for communicating results to stakeholders and analyzing skills gaps so that they can be addressed.
The field of adult education has a mandate to provide quality workforce education programming to our clientele and this resource is invaluable in advancing that agenda by helping the field use their data wisely and effectively. Data Policy Toolkit is a valuable professional development resource for guiding staff in using data for improved performance within their programs as well as across the state. Program staff can use the challenging policy points as starting discussions, review the success stories from states and how these might inform their own program, and use the templates and tools to effect changes in their local program or at the state level.
Assessment and evaluation professionals will find Data Policy Toolkit to be an interesting and helpful resource. It could be used by administrators, program directors, and anyone interested in data policy work and implementing the state blueprint. It can be used to research what is being done in selected states as models are highlighted. For those interested in basic information about Blueprint related topics, this could be useful too. It includes specific, well explained information, and good information on blueprint activities from 11 model states.