WDQI supports the development of, or enhancements to, longitudinal administrative databases that integrate workforce data and education data. WDQI also emphasizes promoting improvements and the level of quality of these systems, in addition to increasing the accessibility of performance data, including data reported by employment services and training providers. Education data are being collected under the Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Education to which the WDQI is a parallel effort. The SLDS emphasizes the collection of workforce data and the WDQI was created, in part, to accompany the work being done on the education side to gather longitudinal data.


WDQI is a collaborative partnership at the Federal level between the Departments of Labor and of Education. The long-term WDQI and Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems goal for States is to use their longitudinal data systems to follow individuals through school and into and through their work life. WQDI grant recipients are expected to demonstrate similarly established partnerships between state workforce and educational agencies. High quality and consistent data that are available from service providers about services offered, and how well their customers benefited as they enter or re-enter the labor market, are integral to informed consumer choices.


  • Develop or improve state workforce longitudinal data systems to include data from UI wage records, UI benefit claims, training and employment services (such as WIA; Wagner-Peyser; Trade Adjustment Assistance; Veterans; Adult Education and Literacy, and Disability programs) and other data sources like the Federal Employment Data Exchange System.
  • Enable workforce data to be matched with education data to ultimately create longitudinal data systems with individual-level information beginning with pre-kindergarten through post-secondary schooling all the way through entry and sustained participation in the workforce and employment services system.
  • Improve the quality and breadth of the data in the workforce data systems.
  • Use longitudinal data to provide useful information about program operations and analyze the performance of education and employment and training programs.
  • Provide user-friendly information to help customers select the training and education programs that best suit their needs.


Toquir Ahmed, Ahmed.Toquir@dol.gov


Please visit the WDQI Grant webpage for additional information on the grant initiative and the latest awardees.


Please visit the WDQI Grantee webpage for information on grant award amounts, reporting requirements, and links to grantee project designs and technical assistance.


Please visit the page for Technical Assistance in building state's ability to build (or to have built) a workforce database that integrates longitudinal education data.


TEN 36-16 Release and Availability of Two Reports: Using Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI) Databases to Develop and Improve Consumer Report Card Systems (CRCS) and How States Manage Eligible Training Provider Lists: Findings from a State Survey


Department of Education, National Institute of Education Science


2014 NCES Summer Forum and STATS-DC Data Conference