- Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Employment and Training
Currently, Illinois’ systems collect inadequate information about career pathway programs and outcomes for Illinois residents pursuing nontraditional postsecondary education and workforce training, and that lack of information leads to sub-optimal selections of education, training, and employment and insufficient support and advising for individuals seeking education and employment. Without more linked data, funders and State entities cannot adequately evaluate the efficacy and connectivity of the system at large to drive continuous improvement and funding decisions. The state is now working to significantly improve the quality and breadth of workforce training program data via the ProPath Illinois initiative and the Common Program Information (CPI) Classifications. Utilizing Southern Illinois University, Illinois workNet technology in tandem with Credential Engine’s Credential Registry, the state is creating a cloud based statewide platform which links program data with pathways, credentials, competencies, and outcomes data. This work will also extend research capacity and longitudinal performance evaluation for program effectiveness by joining the New York University – Administrative Data Research Facility (ADRF) to use the most innovative data sharing strategies available to foster evidence-based policy making and work toward regional vision of workforce data sharing.