Management of the State of New Jersey's Education to Earnings Data System (NJEEDS) (2015 to present)
Management of New Jersey's centralized longitudinal data system for education and workforce data.
In 2015, the State of New Jersey engaged the Heldrich Center to provide data consultation and project management assistance in managing the grant responsibilities and activities of New Jersey’s federally funded P-20W State Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) project. In 2012, the State of New Jersey was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to strengthen its collaborative efforts by linking various education and workforce data to form a more seamless view of the state’s P-20W landscape. Federal resources were used to establish an advisory council, expand the existing New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development Workforce Longitudinal Data System (WLDS) into a P-20W State Longitudinal Data System (now known as NJEEDS) to house new workforce and post-secondary data administrative data as well as K-12 data, create policies to govern a shared data resource for the benefit of state government, link the various state administrative datasets using data from the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, conduct public events on the data system, develop a public-facing NJEEDS website, and begin the process of conducting research using the data in the new data system. In 2017, Rutgers University/Heldrich Center signed a five- to eight-year data sharing agreement with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, New Jersey Department of Education, and New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority.