The State Data Sharing Initiative (SDS) seeks to improve public policy program outcomes by enabling evidence-based policymaking through greater sharing of state administrative records in support of rigorous policy analysis and program evaluation. Our efforts, focused on economic and workforce development, could also inform broader policy areas, like education, health, and criminal justice policy.
SDS will accomplish its mission by:
The SDS Initiative will be implemented in two Phases, a research phase and a technical assistance phase. Our objective with both of these phases is to enhance the ability of leaders to use insights derived from administrative records to evaluate the effectiveness of public investments in economic and workforce development programs.
SDS is conducting extensive research and public education on the value of administrative data and the laws, regulations, policies, and practices that influence data sharing for policy analysis and program evaluation purposes. The research phase involves three primary activities:
The results of these research activities will be used to develop various tools to help state leaders and outside researchers better understand administrative data and data sharing; find and compare state data confidentiality laws and regulations; and access model language for confidentiality laws, data sharing agreements, agreement process management protocols, and more.
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SDS is collaborating with five states that seek to improve the data sharing environment in their own states and are committed to help establish best practices to be used by other states nationwide. SDS is assisting each state with designing and implementing action plans to address state-specific data sharing challenges. Throughout this process, participant states have articulated their state-specific data sharing needs. Of these interests, common themes emerged across states including developing data inventories, data sharing legislation, data governance bodies, memorandums of understanding, metrics of performance for economic/workforce development programs. Each state has utilized the SDS platform within their respective states to build coalitions around cross-agency data sharing as an opportunity to improve program analysis and evaluation.
State teams are comprised of representatives of multiple agencies or multiple divisions within agencies. The teams and their progress as a product of SDS are as follows:
SDS is implemented by the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC), with support from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. Established in 2000, CREC is a national 501(c)3 non-profit research group based in Arlington, Virginia.
CREC seeks to provide policymakers with the information and technical assistance they need to formulate and execute innovative, regional economic and workforce development strategies. Since 2004, CREC has published the State Business Incentives Database (www.stateincentives.org) to highlight the types of taxpayer investments states have made in promoting economic and workforce development. The incentives database contributed to the results of a 2013-2015 Business Incentives Initiative, implemented by CREC and The Pew Charitable Trusts, as well as a study on intra-state data sharing, Balancing Confidentiality and Access, conducted by CREC and the Labor Market Information Institute in 2014-2015, with support from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. SDS seeks to further build on those past efforts.
For further information about SDS, please contact CREC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about CREC's work, please visit http://creconline.org/.