Workforce Development in Allegheny County, PA
In Allegheny County, PA , a variety of institutions provide workforce development programs. These include schools, community colleges, and training programs. Program providers and municipalities vary with regard to the types of data that they collect on program participants. There is no common repository of information that can be tapped to learn more about the extent to which these programs are having the intended effects on their target population.
Chapin Hall is working with Allegheny County to determine the feasibility of creating a longitudinal data warehouse that will enable the analysis of the network of workforce development programs in the county. Audits will be conducted of existing sources of program data to determine the extent to which they may be synthesized into a common repository.
A database would provide an invaluable benefit to stakeholders in Allegheny County’s workforce development community, as it would facilitate in-depth analysis of the program network as a whole, the outcomes of program participants, and the program- and participant-related factors that influence those outcomes. For example, a unified database would enable stakeholders to understand the effectiveness of programs with various subpopulations of participants; compare the performance of agencies engaged in work toward similar goals; set targets for program improvement and track progress toward those targets; and identify opportunities for investments in the quality of services, the process of service delivery, and the resources needed to execute effective programs.