Coleridge Initiative

Midwest Collaborative: Data for Evidence-Based Policy

Spring Convening


The Midwest is characterized by a vast network of regional economic activity, as well as a mobile and dynamic workforce. The challenge for policy makers is that while state data systems end at state borders, economic and social activity does not, making it difficult to evaluate the impact of state interventions in many areas, but most clearly in understanding the transitions across education and work.

The Midwest Collaborative is an opportunity for the region to build a data system, the associated legal framework, and human resources that will dramatically improve the ability to monitor the health of our region’s interconnected education and workforce systems.

A group of universities and education/workforce agencies in the Midwest have worked together to design a system that enables individual states to answer critical questions that are relevant to society. This convening will synthesize the lessons we learned over the last three years and chart a course for formalizing our partnership as the Midwest Collaborative: Data for Evidence-Based Policy.

Final Report


Who: Invited leaders and stakeholders representing workforce, education, government, research and philanthropy
When: March 5-6, 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: The Ohio Union at The Ohio State University, Cartoon Room
1739 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43210
Recommended Hotel: Hyatt Place Columbus/OSU
795 Yard Street
Columbus, OH 43212

Reservations can be made by calling (888) 492-8847 or via the hotel website at utilizing the group booking code G-JGSL.
Your rate includes complimentary hot breakfast buffet in the Guest Kitchen each morning, complimentary WiFi and complimentary parking. Please coordinate your reservations prior to February 3, 2020 for applicable group rate.

Workshop Registration Link: Click Here


March 4:
We will start the workshop with a welcome dinner for attendees from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

March 5:

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.Registration and Coffee
9:00 – 9:30 a.m.Welcome and Introductions
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.Motivation – The Case for a Collaborative
10:30 – 10:45 a.mBreak
10:45 a.m. – NoonWhat has been done (slides: Chapin Hall)(slides: OSU)(slides: IRIS)
Noon – 1:00 p.m.Lunch
1:00 – 1:45 p.m.Building common foundations; ADRF and Data Stewardship (slides)
1:45 – 2:45 p.m.A National Perspective
2:45 – 3:15 p.m.Break
3:15 – 4:15 p.m.Defining states’ interests

March 6:

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.Moving from concept to reality, program of work for Midwest
10:30 – 10:45 a.m.Break
10:45 – NoonRegional governance and data systems
Noon – 1:00 p.m.Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.Report Out from working groups/closing session