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The Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI) is an endeavor to develop longitudinal data covering workforce and education systems while serving as a resource for analysis and research.

The WDQI is a partnership between The Ohio State University, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, and the Ohio Board of Regents. OSU serves to link available data between state agencies creating a database of information which allows for the tracking of individuals from birth through workforce. Employment and assistance data from ODJFS, and educational data from the Ohio Board of Regents and the Ohio Department of Education are provided.

WDQI Video

OERC Director, Josh Hawley, was recently featured in a video discussing the value of the Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI). The WDQI is an endeavor to develop longitudinal data covering workforce and education systems and provide a resource for analysis and research. OERC has been a participant in the WDQI since 2010 with The Ohio State University, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Department of Higher Education.

Through this initiative the OERC established and maintains the Ohio Longitudinal Data Archive (OLDA).  The OLDA creates linkages between longitudinal workforce and educational records to measure the experiences of individuals from childhood through the workforce.  Researchers can utilize the OLDA to analyze a wide range of issues, including program outcomes, costs and financial returns, and the underlying economic conditions that impact the education and workforce sectors. 

If you are a researcher and interested in using this data please visit OhioAnalytics.gov or click on the button below.

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