||Presenter: David Medina, Co-Founder of Results for America. *written testimony shows that Mr. Medina is also testifying on behalf of : Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy (AISP), America Forward Center for Employment Opportunities, Center for Research and Reform in Education, Johns Hopkins University, KIPP, REDF, Results for America, Sorenson Center for Impact, Success for All Foundation, Sunlight Foundation
Mr. Medina’s testimony begins at 3hour 50 minute mark of the Oct. 21 hearing. Medina/Results for America wants to accelerate the use of data, via 2002 Moneyball for Government Principles, which is also supported by PEW, MacArthur Foundation, Speaker Ryan and Senator Murray.
Medina and all those he represents, propose that 1% of all Federal funds should be set aside for investment in this national student data clearinghouse. Also, see table on page 5 of written testimony .
Results for America also partners with Bloomberg Cities. “Over the course of the next three years, 100 mid-sized cities in the United States will benefit from approaches that address the unique challenges mayors face. Specifically, cities will receive help creating sustainable open data programs that promote transparency and robust citizen engagement; incorporating data into budget, operational, and policy decision making; conducting low-cost evaluations; and steering funding to programs that get results for citizens.
Joining in the effort are partners The Behavioral Insights Team, Harvard University’s Government Performance Lab at Harvard Kennedy School, Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Government Excellence, and Sunlight Foundation. Results for America will oversee the implementation of the initiative ”
Mr. Medina’s testimony calls for, among other things,
·State Education and Workforce Data Systems: The Commission should recommend that Congress and the Administration support the enhancement of the existing State Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) program administered by the U.S. Department of Education, which helps states integrate education and workforce data, and the proposed expansion of the Workforce Data Quality Initiative* that would help build state and local capacity to track employment and educational outcomes of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act program participants, including those with disabilities, and provide information about job success rates and training programs.
·Federal Education Data Identifiers: The Commission should consider recommending that Congress and the Administration direct federal agencies to standardize the way they collect and share student-level identifiers (e.g., de-identified but encrypted) so that researchers can more effectively evaluate publicly-supported education and workforce development programs. This information should be housed in one federal agency in order to promote appropriate sharing and usage of this standardized data.
·Federal Programmatic Data: The Commission should consider recommending that Congress and the Administration authorize every federal agency to set aside 1% of their program funds for program evaluations that generate programmatic outcomes data that can help make federal programs more effective and efficient.
*for more on how the Federal Department of Labor hopes to use the state SLDS database to track every individual student, starting in pre-school, see here.