Economy & Workforce
Workforce spans the full employment life cycle—workforce preparedness, recruitment, selection, performance management, and training. The Department of Labor and Training is dedicated to improving workforce competitiveness by working with adult and continuing education programs as well as job training and internship programs. Rhode Island’s current workforce is undereducated and under skilled for the changing landscape of todays workplace. DLT has signed a data sharing agreement that will be instrumental in further researching the challenges facing Rhode Island’s workers.
Many issues exist in the spectrum of Pre-K, elementary, secondary and post-secondary education. In Rhode Island, this also extends to include adult education and a variety of continuing education and workforce development programs. The RI Department of Education (RIDE) is one of the original SLDS project partners and is an early adopter of the RI Data Hub as a contributor to Rhode Island’s shared data system. RIDE works closely with the office of the Post-Secondary commissioner to ensure that K-12 and post secondary date is integrated and accessible for research.
Health issues can affect everything from school attendance to job performance. In order to understand the complexities of environmental and genetic risk factors to Rhode Island’s population RIDE and the RI Data Hub have been looking a variety of indicators for health and wellbeing among school populations. The Department of Health contributes data to the RI Data Hub to explore where and how Rhode Islanders’ health is affected by housing conditions and other factors that could be changed with better policies and improved programs.
Rhode Islanders are struggling with unemployment, poverty and lack of access to services. Agencies like the Rhode Island Department of Human Services and the Department of Children, Youth and Families are contributing to the shared data system to help identify the issues that are most affecting our children and families. The RI Data Sharing project hopes to work to highlight these problem areas and work to change the dialogue around providing service for our population.
In order to create systemic changes it is crucial that all Rhode Islanders participate in the system in some way. Civic Engagement can be anything from being on a school improvement team to writing your state legislature to running for office. The Rhode Island Data Project hopes to put a spotlight on issues facing our state, but we need you to help get these issues out in front of our policy makers. Share what we are learning from the data with your community.