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Ohio Launches Dashboard to Measure Workforce Programs

August 2, 2017
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation has launched Ohio’s Workforce Success Measures Dashboard, a new interactive tool to allow Ohio’s policymakers to measure the success of Ohio’s largest workforce development programs.

Policymakers and Ohioans can use the new dashboard to see statewide, county, and provider level data on the number of Ohioans completing workforce transformation programs.

“The dashboard will help ensure that our efforts are achieving the intended results,” said Cynthia Dungey, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. “It will make it very easy for us to see what is working and what isn’t working, so we can continuously improve our strategies to help more individuals find stable, well-paying employment in fields that need workers.”

The dashboard empowers program administrators and policymakers to evaluate program performance and identify best practices by measuring four common goals:

  • Employment: do program participants find short- and long-term employment?
  • Skills: do programs provide job seekers with access to training that results in industry-recognized certificates and credentials?
  • Wages: what are participants’ overall earnings?
  • Value to business: do program participants consistently hold the same job over time?

The Workforce Success Measures Dashboard was developed from an initiative by Gov. John Kasich that established the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation to reinforce the importance of improving Ohio’s workforce development system.

The dashboard website was a collaborative effort led by the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Ohio Department of Higher Education, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, and the Ohio Education Research Center at The Ohio State University.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.