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Data Systems & Sharing Data

To have richer information about workforce and education programs, researchers link data sets together to produce new information. Administrative records on program participants, for example, are linked with wage data to produce information on the employment and earnings outcomes of programs. Such data sharing can require agreements between agencies, states, or states and the federal government. At the state level, state longitudinal data systems securely link data on participant records over time with outcome data so that one can assess the education and labor market outcomes of participation in multiple education, workforce, and other programs, while protecting the privacy of individuals.