Coleridge Initiative

Outcomes from Transitions in Education and Work

Developing a Scalable Regional Approach


There is enormous interest in building a better understanding of how people transition across different educational and work experiences to sustainable jobs. Transitions of people as they age can be nonlinear and include transitions within and across secondary and post secondary institutions, as well as the use of government services such as disability services, criminal justice interventions, or workforce development. Individuals can also move across political jurisdictions such as state or county lines, making it incredibly difficult to understand the regular patterns in service utilization. The sheer variation on types of transitions individuals can make and the geographical movement across borders opens up opportunities for governments to intervene in more productive ways. The data sharing across states and agencies also provides increasing possibilities for more efficient and effective utilization of government services among vulnerable populations.

Building a common framework across states requires (i) identifying key issues of interest (ii) bringing together data from many sources across both state and agency lines and (iii) bringing together staff from those agencies. These three activities are necessary to work through the important data and measurement issues that are necessary to build operational metrics for decision-making. This workshop will build on a successful collaborative approach developed by the State of Illinois, Coleridge Initiative, Chapin Hall and Ohio State University that uses an inter-agency and inter-state collaborative, classroom environment to address the issues. It will bring together key stakeholders from the MidWest to develop an operational agenda for the spring of 2019. We expect to discuss how to develop such metrics as:

1. What are the main educational and work flows of interest for policy?
2. What data are available?
3. What kind of metrics would be of greatest use to stakeholders?


8:30 – 9:00 Coffee and pastries
9:00 – 9:30 Welcome and introduction
9:30 – 10:00 A National Perspective: Nancy Potok, Chief Statistician of the United States
10:00 – 10:45 Identifying issues of interest: Director Jeff Mays (Illinois Department of Employment Security), Director Anna Hui (Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations), Chancellor John Carey (Ohio Department of Higher Education)
10:45 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 11:45 What approach could be used to inform answers: Panel discussion (Julia Lane, Josh Hawley, Bob Goerge)
11:45 – 12:30 Moving the agenda forward: Panel Discussion (Representatives from philanthropic foundations)
12:30 – 1:00 Box lunch
1:00 – 2:30 Breakout discussions
2:30 – 3:00 Report back to full group
3:00 – 3:15 Summary and action steps


Date: September 24, 2018
Time: 9:00am – 3:15pm Central Time (CT)
Location: Gleacher Center, 450 N Cityfront Plaza Dr, Chicago, IL 60611


Kathryn Akers Executive Director, Kentucky Center for Statistics
Drew Anderson Associate Economist, RAND Corporation
Stephanie Banchero Education Program Director, The Joyce Foundation
Diana Barrett Assistant Director of Research & Analysis, Indiana Department of Workforce Development
Stephanie Beckhorn Director, Workforce Development Agency, Talent and Economic Development Department of Michigan
Josh Benton Deputy Secretary, Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet
Jordan Blashek Program Manager, Schmidt Futures
Evan Bradtke Legislative Liaison, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
John Carey Chancellor, Ohio Department of Higher Education
Steven Cook Researcher, University of Wisconsin Institute for Research on Poverty
Jessica Cunningham Research and Analytics Director, Kentucky Center for Statistics
James Dimas Secretary, Illinois Department of Human Services
Jennifer Engle Deputy Director, Postsecondary Success, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Sameer Gadkaree Senior Program Officer, Joyce Foundation
Robert Goerge Senior Research Fellow, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
Nicholas Goodwin Chief Strategy Officer, Indiana Department of Workforce Development
Joshua Hawley Associate Professor, Ohio State University
Steve Hine Director, Labor Market Information Office, Department of Employment and Economic Development, Minnesota
Anna Hui Director, Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
Clayton Hunter Deputy Director of Training and Outreach, NYU/Coleridge Initiative
Nicole Ifill Senior Program Officer, Data, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Erin Joyce Associate Director, Ohio Education Research Center
Patrick Lane Director of Data Initiatives, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
Julia Lane Professor, New York University
Evelina Loescher Labor Market Information Director, Illinois Department of Employment Security
Lazaro Lopez Chair, Illinois Community College Board
David Mahan Associate Vice President, Information, Research and Analysis, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
Dan Mathis Deputy General Counsel, Indiana Deparment of Workforce Development
Kiyokazu Matsuyama Labor Market Research Economist 3, Iowa Workforce Development
Jeff Mays Director, Illinois Department of Employment Security
Eric Miley Program Officer, Data for Action , Overdeck Family Foundation
Jason Owen-Smith Executive Director/Professor, IRIS/University of Michigan
Nancy Potok Chief Statistician of the United States
Scott Powell Director of Research, State of Michigan
George Putnam Assistant Director, Illinois Department of Employment Security
John Reinemann Executive Secretary, Wisconsin Higher Education Aids Board
Bryant Renaud Performance Analyst, White House Office of Management and Budget
Cheryl Rice Associate Vice Chancellor Higher Education Workforce Alignment, Ohio Department of Higher Education
Charles See Vice Chancellor, External Relations/Education Technology, Ohio Department of Higher Education
Sharon Shipinski Manager, Planning & Research, Illinois Department of Corrections
Tony Smith State Superintendent of Education, Illinois State Board of Education
Alan Spell MERIC Research Manager, Missouri Department of Economic Development
Robin Steans Executive Director of Advance Illinois, Steans Family Foundation
Sean Tierney Associate Commissioner for Policy and Research, Indiana Commission for Higher Education
Frances Valentine Sr. Director, Research, Analysis and Engagement , Indiana Department of Workforce Development
Ryan West Division Administrator, Iowa Workforce Development
Bryan Wilson Director, Workforce Data Quality Campaign
Eric Zarnikow Executive Director, Illinois Student Assistance Commission


This workshop is generously supported by the Gates Foundation and the Overdeck Family Foundation.