For Immediate Release - December 09, 2010

Massachusetts receives $1 million through the Workforce Data Quality Initiative from the US Department of Labor

Department of Workforce Development/Division of Career Services receives part of $12.2M awarded to 13 States

BOSTON - December 9, 2010 -The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development today announced that the Massachusetts Department of Workforce Development/Career Services will receive $1 million as part of the U.S. Department of Labor's $12.2 million in grants awarded to 13 states through the Workforce Data Quality Initiative.

These funds will enable states to build or expand longitudinal databases of workforce data that also link to education data. States will use these databases to conduct research and analysis aimed at pinpointing the effectiveness of employment and training programs.

"These grants are an important part of the administration's efforts to increase the availability and use of high-quality data," said Governor Deval Patrick. "By developing and improving databases, we will help those seeking training make better informed decisions, while more clearly demonstrating the link between employment and education in the long-term success of workers."

"I want to congratulate the Department of Workforce Development/Division of Career Services," said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. "Getting people back to work is a key priority of this administration and these databases will provide necessary information to better aid workers in Massachusetts."

Over the three year grant period, this funding will help Massachusetts improve state workforce longitudinal data systems with individual-level information; improve the quality and breadth of workforce data systems; use longitudinal data to provide useful information about program operations; analyze the performance of education and training programs and provide user-friendly information to customers to help them select the training and education programs that best suit their needs.

"As one who has been focused on strengthening the Workforce Investment Act so sufficient data is collected by the Department of Labor, I am pleased that Massachusetts was one of 13 states to receive these federal funds to expand and enhance its longitudinal databases. Doing so will better enable the Commonwealth to assess and improve the effectiveness of employment and training programs," said Congressman John F. Tierney.

"We are excited to be included in this round of grants," said Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Joanne F. Goldstein. "These funds will enable us to better understand the link between workforce and education."

The other states included in $12.2 million grants are: Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.