D4AD Resources

Data Sharing Agreements: Moving Beyond Compliance to Ensure Effective Governance

This report explores important considerations for entering and maintaining strong data sharing partnerships. It offers best practices and advice for organizations in creating the agreements, navigating regulation, and developing governance structures.

Communicating with Vulnerable Workers About Resources, Training, and improving Job prospects

This report synthesizes existing research about how to communicate effectively with low-income, lower-skilled, unemployed, and underemployed workers. It reviews challenges and strategies about communicating with these workers and suggests the implications for workforce agencies in connecting with these workers. Also read the accompanying highlights brief.

Making Data Work for Low Income, Lower Skilled, Underemployed, and Unemployed Individuals

Making Data Work identifies potentially successful approaches to help fulfill the transformational promise of big data in the education realm for these key populations. It draws on available research about using data and information to reach the target groups, as well as background information about technology use and human decision making. Read the accompanying one-page summary here.

Educational Attainment and the Path to Economic Recovery

    This short piece provides information about jobs lost during the Great Recession of 2008 and jobs gained during the recovery, by educational attainment. 

Jobseeker Carnival

The path to a fulfilling career should not be a maze of carnival games. This infographic identifies some of the barriers that D4AD projects can help jobseekers navigate.

Ten Strategies for Reaching out to Vulnerable Workers

The top ten strategies for reaching out to vulnerable workers — highlights from the Communicating with Vulnerable Workers research report.

Addressing the Needs of Vulnerable Workers and Workforce Development Systems

A quick reference outlining workers’ needs, supports they have traditionally had access to, existing barriers, and solutions.

Impacting Your Audience

    A brief guide for practitioners, policymakers, and researchers seeking to develop processes for increasing the use, effectiveness, and success of jobseeker tools.

Addressing Inequities

A brief that examines the particular economic, employment and educational challenges faced by Black and Latino workers, why it is imperative that workforce development systems address the needs of these workers, and how the Data for the American Dream initiative is tackling these challenges. 

Cross-State Data Sharing

A brief that explores important considerations for entering and maintaining strong data sharing partnerships. This brief offers best practices and advice for organizations in creating the agreements, navigating regulation, and developing governance structures.

Aligning Education and Training with Career Opportunities 

Aligning Education and Training with Career Opportunities: Can Data Lead the Way? identifies approaches to creating systems that align education and training  programs with high-value career opportunities. The briefdescribes first what an aligned system actually looks like then demonstrates how improved data infrastructure is a key part of– but not the sole solution to – an aligned system. Make sure to also check out the accompanying infographic.

Tackling Procurement Challenges

Building effective data-driven tools aimed at supporting workers and jobseekers make better career decisions in today’s economy can be a complex process and procuring key services to support those tools can be problematic. This resource identifies five common procurement challenges and strategies for addressing them based on the experience of D4AD grantee partners.

Focusing on Worker and Jobseeker Perceptions: Understanding the Attitudes, Challenges, and Needs of Workers Who are Unemployed or Underemployed

A short report that presents insights shared by workers and jobseekers about their approach to job searching, the tools and services they use, and most importantly their perceptions of that process. The report also presents strategies for crafting outreach to these workers.

   Alternative Providers in Higher Education: The Intersection of Technology, Innovation, Policy, and Accountability

   This brief explores the current environment for alternative providers of education and training programs that largely falls outside of the current regulatory regimes as well as short term credentials offered within those regimes.

If You Build It, Will They Come? The Potential of Intermediaries to Boost Career Navigation Tools

This paper examines the adoption of new career navigation tools by intermediaries, arguing for the importance of uptake by these
intermediaries, and focusing on both barriers to adoption of these tools by intermediaries and potential solutions.