A critical element of Illinois’ approach to the Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI) is to demonstrate the capacity of the emerging system to link education and workforce data.
Producing quality information and reports for stakeholders will improve their ability to analyze the data and increase performance management. Ultimately, consumers will benefit from the availability of the complete and holistic information provided, and will have the ability to make more educated decisions about their future.
Through the years, Illinois has engaged in a number of programs that compliment, bridge, and create better alignment between education and workforce systems. In order to have a more cohesive approach to the WDQI and ILDS initiatives, Illinois has conducted an analysis of the historic programs. This study is known as the Pipeline Performance Analysis. Individual agencies have collected, stored, and aggregated data for decades to improve internal procedures and processes. ILDS and WDQI seek to take the individual data sets, combine them where it makes sense to do so, and realize even larger external gains and efficiencies. Managing such large quantities of data requires first grouping it into areas that are the most logical.