The Rhode Island Data Project is a comprehensive initiative to create a seamless and secure infrastructure and related set of policies that will increase data-driven decision making and improve outcomes in our state. With $8.6 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Education for a Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) project, and the inclusion and coordination of other funded projects, this ambitious work is in progress.

Initial leadership for this initiative comes from Rhode Island’s SLDS Project Team, which is a partnership of the RI Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (RIDE); RI Department of Labor and Training (RIDLT); RI Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner; RI Adult Education Professional Development Center; and The Providence Plan.

The RI Data Hub is a central resource for anyone interested in using data to understand the well-being of people in Rhode Island. The Data Hub brings together data sets from multiple federal, state and local sources and lets users select data and visualize it in charts, graphs, maps, and collaborative reports and data stories.

The RI Research Hub is a collaborative center for research that provides the capacity and expertise needed to investigate important questions and work with the shared data in the RI Data Hub. With guidance from the Advisory Council, the RI Research Hub follows a prioritized research agenda that will address our state’s issues and help policy makers and practitioners understand our state’s shared data.

The RI Resource Hub coordinates across agencies to provide an easy-to-use platform showcasing available services for all Rhode Islanders on a number of websites: easily accessing the workforce, higher education and adult education systems in Rhode Island.