About D4AD


Choices about education and job opportunities are among the most consequential decisions that individuals will make for their financial well-being. Yet, most people – especially low-income Americans from disadvantaged backgrounds – make these decisions with less data-driven insight than is the case when choosing a movie to watch at night.  An estimated 13 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed, in many cases because they don’t know where to go to get the information they need to navigate the labor market. Opportunities are out there, but workers are simply not able to find them or to get the training needed to obtain them. This not only hurts the neediest in our society—low-income Americans from disadvantaged backgrounds—but also hurts overall economic growth as productive jobs and skill needs go unfilled.

The Data for the American Dream (D4AD) initiative aims to support innovative efforts to expand access to education and career data through partnerships that might include both public and private agencies and organizations. The goal of the D4AD initiative is to help students and jobseekers make better career decisions in a changing economy through data-driven information, and especially to help low-income, lower-skilled, underemployed, and unemployed Americans access better jobs and education opportunities.

D4aD Grantees


Colorado Workforce Development Council

Powered by a multi-agency, public-private data trust, My Colorado Journey  will unite the existing fragmented ecosystem of data and allow for the creation of new datasets that connect services, programs, and education and employment opportunities.

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Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget

Operating in partnership with Michigan’s Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, a regional workforce development system, and academic and research institutions, this project will focus on creating a suite of tools that will aid displace workers and unemployed or low-income individuals in making the transition to successful, sustainable employment.

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New Jersey
Department of Labor

Targeted at customers of the state’s human services programs and other disadvantaged populations, New Jersey’s D4AD project will build an interactive website containing smart disclosure tools that will help jobseekers make informed decisions about training. Project partners include state agencies and organizations from the non-profit and private sectors and academia.

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NEWS


The Michigan DTMB Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives is hiring an Analytics Manager and two Data Analysts for the bureau’s Research and Analytics division.

 

WICHE brief now available! “Making Data Work for Low-Income, Lower-Skilled, Unemployed, and Underemployed Individuals” seeks to identify potentially successful approaches to help fulfill the transformational promise of big data in the education realm for these key populations. The accompanying one-pager distills this brief and recommendations for impacting target audiences.

 

Xavier Hughes joins the NJ D4AD team as product director. Check out NJ D4AD’s Medium blog post to learn more about Xavier Hughes and NJ D4AD’s accomplishments to date.

 

 

MORE D4AD NEWS

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@CTEWorks has compiled a list of resources and updates for states to use as schools announce closures and the transition to distance learning begins. Read more here: https://careertech.org/resources-states-covid-19

NJDOL has created new web pages and printable guides to help Garden State workers and businesses/employers get info on their rights, protections & resources during this unprecedented #coronavirus pandemic. Businesses: https://bit.ly/2wc58v6 Workers: https://bit.ly/2waF17G

We’re working to continue to serve our community and the talent development network by connecting businesses and workers with essential resources and information. #Voicesofwkdev @WorkforceInvest

View resources: http://colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/information-and-resources-coronavirus

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