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  • OERC Logo The Ohio Education Research Center addresses critical issues of education practice and policy through a preschool-through-workforce research agenda. The OERC identifies and shares successful practices, responds to the needs educators and policymakers in Ohio and across the nation, and signals emerging trends.

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Current Projects

Industries of Ideas: Mapping and Accelerating Research-Led Economic Growth

Fall 2023

The OERC is part of a new three-year, $4.5 million pilot funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation. The pilot will develop novel approaches to assess the impact of investments made by the agency's Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP) on regional firms and jobs in key technology areas. The pilot will initially focus on artificial intelligence (AI) and electric vehicles in Ohio to demonstrate the feasibility and value of the approach.

Higher Education Outcomes

Spring 2022

The OERC developed an interactive data visualization that displays the flow of graduates from Ohio’s public colleges and universities to Ohio’s workforce.

Ohio Unemployment Insurance Claims

Fall 2021

The information on the Ohio Unemployment Insurance Claims dashboard is compiled by the Ohio Education Research Center (OERC) using Unemployment Insurance Claims (UI Claims) data from the Ohio Longitudinal Data Archive (OLDA), as collected by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The reported counts are the total number of UI claims in Ohio, excluding out-of-state residents. Counts represent the number of claims, i.e. multiple claims per person appear as multiple counts. To avoid re-identification, the OERC only reports results derived from 10 or more individuals. If only one category results in a count of less than 10, a secondary suppression rule is applied to the next smallest category.

The Child Nutrition Data Project

Winter 2019

The Child Nutrition Data Project is a data analytics project designed to better direct resources for meal assistance programs to public school districts in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The project innovative project brings together unemployment claims data, education data, and food bank data in Ohio, to provide useful information to ensure children and their families across Ohio are meeting nutritional needs. This project was funded through a COVID-19 seed grant from The Ohio State University’s Office of Research.


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Career Resource Navigator

The Career Resource Navigator is a useful tool for finding the education and training resources that are right for you. The Navigator gives users a way to easily access and understand data to gain valuable knowledge for navigating their career journey.
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Ohio Unemployment Insurance Claims Dashboard

The Unemployment Insurance (UI) Claims dashboard helps users explore changes in Ohio’s labor market during the novel coronavirus 19 pandemic, including: What are the trends in both initial and continued claims over time? Which demographic groups were most impacted? What industries and occupations were most impacted? What are the differences in initial and continued claims across different geographic locations? To answer these questions, the dashboard provides state, regional, and local level trend analysis.
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OhioMeansJobs Workforce Data Tools

The OERC developed a set of Workforce Data Tools for the OhioMeansJobs website. The Workforce Supply tool and the Employment Projections Tool help users understand the workforce in Ohio, with a focus on Ohio's in-demand occupations.