From the perspective of developing a more coordinated system of adult education and training, I believe that sharing data among collaborating organizations has emerged as a critical piece of our Region’s career pathways puzzle for these reasons:
- We know that adults who need education and training often have a multitude of needs related to living near or below poverty level, so it only makes sense that we learn how to share data safely and confidentially among the providers that touch the life of any given individual or family.
- Public or open data sources help us understand the needs in the community, but sharing outcome data would help us understand how multiple providers are collectively contributing to meeting those needs. This kind of analysis can help us design better programs and more effective interventions.
- Sharing data would lead to a better experience for individuals and families seeking education or training because they wouldn’t have to repeat the same information each time they meet a new service provider.
- Sharing data translates into saving dollars! Think about how much time could be saved if the information from the intake or enrollment process at one provider could be shared with the other providers who are offering key supports that will ultimately contribute to successful results.
With new technology and technical assistance from national experts, like those at the Actionable Intelligence For Social Policy (AISP) initiative based at Pennsylvania University, we can learn how to share data in the Hartford Region without breaching confidentiality or compromising the security of our client data.
Join us on May 17th from 8:30 – 12:00, for Data-Sharing: Breaking Down Barriers to Transform Our Work featuring keynote address from national expert, Dennis Culhane, PhD, from the Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy (AISP) initiative at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a panel discussion on data-sharing that also features Amy Hawn Nelson from AISP, Michelle Riordan-Nold from the CT Data Collaborative, and Ron Schack, author and principal from the Charter Oak Group. Click here to register!
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