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Use Data in Systems Change

Review high-level takeaways for using data in systems change and additional resources for further exploration and application.

Driving Data-Based Decision Making

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Using This Tool: Key Questions

Who should use this tool?

Any organization or individual looking to use data to drive change or create greater impact in a local workforce system.

What does this tool help you achieve?

Inform and guide strategy and decision-making by helping you better understanding the problem at hand.

When should you use this tool?

Observe Phase


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Driving Data-Based Decision-Making

When we talk about making more strategic decisions or achieving greater impact in workforce development, this often means collecting, tracking, and using data more effectively. To help us understand what is really happening, this data must be disaggregated or contextualized.

When changing systems, multiple data sources may be needed to measure and encompass the problem you’re trying to understand. Resources such as DataUSA provide insights by industry, region, and occupation. The National Fund has resources related to advancing workforce equity and on data-informed strategies for partnerships and employers. As you continue to refine your process and approach, consider these questions:

  • Are you focused on a process or outcome?
  • Does your data reveal any barriers? What are you not seeing?
  • Can you provide more qualitative evidence or context?
  • What may be missing?

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