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Whether researching and implementing ways to shape a community's economic development plan or partnering to create ways to put people to work, CREC connects researchers and policymakers with:

     • Data training
     • Custom portfolios that aid regional competitiveness

Project Profile

Enhancing User Access to Available Labor Market Information

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Start Date: Apr 2014 — End Date: May 2015

The Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness and the Labor Market Information Institute are proud to announce the release of a new study, entitled, “Balancing Confidentiality and Access: Sharing Employment and Wage Data for Policy Analysis and Research.” This research sought to catalogue the current state of practice in intra-state data sharing (data sharing among stakeholders within a state). It was also designed to recognize and catalyze efforts that try to balance the data confidentiality needs of individuals and employer taxpayers with the important role employment and wage data could play in strengthening policymakers’ statistical and program evaluation activities.

The ultimate goal of the investigation was to support changes in data sharing policies and practices that can make taxpayer investments in workforce and economic development programs more effective. This project was funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, with additional support from the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Kenneth Poole, Ph.D., and Haden Springer wrote this report, with research support from Jennie Allison, Randall Arthur, Brendan Buff, Greg Hirschfeld, Lindsay Johnson, Ron Kelly, and Andrew Reamer, Ph.D.

To view the report, please click here.

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About the Client

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

The Ewing Marion Kauffman is a private non-profit organization established by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman. The Kauffman Foundation, based in Kansas City, Missouri, is among the largest private foundations in the United States.