21 episodes

Skills Gap. Wage stagnation. Automation. Gigs. STEM. So many workforce challenges despite what appears to be one of the strongest labor markets in a generation. How do we make sense of this? Making Better works talks with data insiders (from public, private, nonprofit sectors) who can help us understand how modern education and labor markets work, and prepare for a #futureofwork we want to be part of. To learn more, visit https://www.spra.com/

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Skills Gap. Wage stagnation. Automation. Gigs. STEM. So many workforce challenges despite what appears to be one of the strongest labor markets in a generation. How do we make sense of this? Making Better works talks with data insiders (from public, private, nonprofit sectors) who can help us understand how modern education and labor markets work, and prepare for a #futureofwork we want to be part of. To learn more, visit https://www.spra.com/

    Episode #21: The Promise of Cloud Technology meets the Urgency of Now: Making the Most of the Pandemic, with Dr. Julia Lane

    Episode #21: The Promise of Cloud Technology meets the Urgency of Now: Making the Most of the Pandemic, with Dr. Julia Lane

    In this episode, we talk with Dr. Julia Lane, cofounder of the Coleridge Initiative—a program that aims to transform the way governments access and use data for social good. It’s a wide-ranging discussion covering major themes in Julia’s new book, Democratizing Our Data: A Manifesto, new public data demands sparked by the COVID crisis, as well as strategies for meeting urgent needs in the short term while building better systems infrastructure over time. Julie sees both critical urgency and limitless potential for using data more effectively to inform public policy, program designs, and the sequence and timing of interventions to produce better outcomes for people and communities.
    So many references! And we’ve got you covered:
    Democratizing Our Data: A Manifesto (2020) The Coleridge Initiative/Administrative Data Research Facility (ADRF) Training ADRF Collaborators National Convening: Jobs Data for Evidence-Based Policy (Information & Registration) Origins of the Unemployment Rate: The Lasting Legacy of Measurement without Theory, David Card (2011) Burning Glass Jobs Data NASWA Breaking New Ground Foundations Catalyzing Change in the Public Data Space: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Schmidt Futures Overdeck Family Foundation Morrill Act and Land Grant Colleges/Agricultural Extension Programs For more information:
    Sign up for the #MakingBetterWork Newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/903537e424bb/mbwnews Community of Practice/WorkforceGPS:
    https://wdqi.youth.workforcegps.org/ Email Julia: lane@coleridgeintiative.org Email Kristin: Kristin_Wolff@spra.com

    Social:
    @kristinwolff
    @Social_Policy
    SPR on LinkedIn
    #MakingBetterWork
    Credits:
    Produced with support from the US Department of Labor’s WDQI Technical Support Project and (fantastic) Doug Foresta.
     

    • 32 min
    Episode #20: "Cloud computing has democratized data….COVID has accelerated demand for it.”

    Episode #20: "Cloud computing has democratized data….COVID has accelerated demand for it.”

    This episode is jaw-dropping. Spanning massive changes in data to the thriller-style story Rhode Island’s successful Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program launch in under 10 days, Dr. Justine shares a wealth of insights, lessons, and possibilities from her experience working with states to reimagine their data systems and applications. Justine* is the
    founding director at Research Improving People’s Lives or RIPL, a new kind of Data Science and Research Lab based in Rhode Island that works with public and social sector leaders from across the country to use data to improve policy and make people’s lives better. 
    She’s one of a whole new class of data scientists that link academic, tech, data, and public policy. Longitudinal data systems (like the Workforce Data Quality Initiative) are at the center of these efforts.
    *Justine is a also polymath. She served on the Academic Research Council for the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and on the Council of Economic Advisors to the Governor of Rhode Island. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and remains Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs at Brown University and Faculty Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research.
    References:
    Rhode Island Policy Lab (RIPL) National Science Foundation proposal, DOORS Initiative GovTech Article on PUA, featuring Rhode Island’s PUA/CARES Act response For more information:
    Sign up for the #MakingBetterWork Newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/903537e424bb/mbwnews US Department of Labor’s WDQI Effort: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/eta/performance/wdqi Community of Practice/WorkforceGPS:
    https://wdqi.workforcegps.org Social:
    @kristinwolff
    @Social_Policy
    SPR on Facebook
    #MakingBetterWork
    Credits:
    Produced with support from the US Department of Labor’s WDQI Technical Support Project and (fantastic) Doug Foresta.

    • 43 min
    Episode #19: COVID Chaos, Data & Silver Linings: No More Saying “We Can’t” Because We Just Demonstrated “We Can.”

    Episode #19: COVID Chaos, Data & Silver Linings: No More Saying “We Can’t” Because We Just Demonstrated “We Can.”

    In this episode, we turn the tables. Producer Doug Foresta interviews Kristin Wolff about the impact of COVID-19 on WDQI and partner data projects. The two barely take a breath in this impromptu chat about the crises and opportunities the pandemic has made evident, and the vastly expanded stakeholder networks and partner ecosystems engaged in solutions work.

    • 20 min
    Episode #18: Colorado’s Data Journey: “We’re building value for the future into our systems now.”

    Episode #18: Colorado’s Data Journey: “We’re building value for the future into our systems now.”

    In this episode, our host Kristin Wolff talks with Mark Duey and Kevan Fish, project leads for Colorado’s Workforce Data Quality Initiative with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

    Mark and Kevan share Colorado’s effort to build data-rich, human-centered systems that respond to the current crisis and provide value “way out into the future.”

    • 41 min
    Episode #17: California’s Building System to Help More Californians Benefit from the State’s Treasure Trove of Workforce Data

    Episode #17: California’s Building System to Help More Californians Benefit from the State’s Treasure Trove of Workforce Data

    In this episode, our host Kristin Wolff talks with Patrick Getz, project lead for California’s Workforce Data Quality Initiative, with the California Workforce Development Board.  

    • 25 min
    Episode #16: BrightHive Co-Founder Natalie Evans Harris: “Data & technology should enable people to do great things...Effective governance is how we do it."

    Episode #16: BrightHive Co-Founder Natalie Evans Harris: “Data & technology should enable people to do great things...Effective governance is how we do it."

    Kristin Wolff talks with Natalie Evans Harris, BrightHive Co-Founder, Beeck Center (Georgetown) Fellow, and White House and National Security Administration Alumna. Natalie is one of the foremost experts in the country on data governance. She’s worked at the highest levels of the federal government and also with state and local community-based organizations; with the public and private sectors separately and in collaboration.

    • 35 min

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