New Web App Brings Access to Workforce Investment Act Analytics to the Nation’s Workforce Investment Boards
Ringwood, NJ – January 30, 2012 – FutureWork Systems, LLC and the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) have partnered to bring national quarterly Workforce Investment Act (WIA) data to workforce investment boards using the latest in Web-based Decision Support Technology.
Under this new partnership, NAWB brings its members significant savings on subscription fees for this new WIA resource.
FutureWork Systems’ Web application, Performance Matters Quarterly (PMQ ) is the first of its kind in workforce development and capitalizes on the vast amount of quarterly data collected nationally for WIA programs. Workforce administrators, staff and policymakers, or anyone with limited technical know-how can instantly analyze and report on WIA program performance and data by participant characteristics and services across all of the nation’s workforce investment boards.
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WIA Dashboard Site Launched Bringing Instant Access to National WIA Analytics.
11/28/2011 - FutureWorks has released a complimentary WIA dashboard website featuring 3 interactive dashboards that contain national WIA data. The dashboards, located at www.wiadashboard.org allow users to see performance, flow (participants within the WIA system, those currently in the program and those exited) and an easy to understand "results" dashboard. The FutureWorks team focused the dashboards for any technical level site visitor, with a special attention on presenting WIA performance measures definitions in easy-to-understand terminology.
"Dashboards are an excellent way to get a 50,000 foot view of WIA performance," says Tom Ryan, CIO and Partner at FutureWorks. "It's a simple way of answering some basic questions for Workforce Boards and States, such as how am i doing and how do I compare to others?" According to Mr. Ryan, dashboards are designed to be accessible to anyone and can provide a fairly deep understanding of WIA programs at a national level without becoming overwhelming. "The WIA system needs a way to easily see and monitor its performance and share results...dashboards can play a role in accomplishing that goal. We hope that by offering these, we help WIA policymakers and administrators get information they need to understand the WIA system, and, to be honest, introduce them to a technology that is easily available to them."
WIA dashbaords are updated each quarter when USDOL releases its WIA public use data file. The FutureWorks team reports that within 24 hours of receipt of new data, it is processed and surfaced on the WIA dashboard site. The site is located at www.wiadashboard.org. If you are interested in being notified via email when the site is updated with new data, visitors are encouraged to submit a registration form on the site.
PMQ updated with PY 2010 Q4 Data
11/21/2011 - FutureWork's latest application, PMQ, as part of the Performance Matters Suite, has recently been updated with national WIA quarterly data provided by USDOL. The dataset represents WIA program year 2010 quarter 4 with most recent participant registration date of 6/30/2011. This 4th quarter completes data for program year 2010 analysis. PMQ subscribers will now be capable of using PMQ to analyze and report on WIA activity and services in 550+ WIBs and every state for all of PY 2010. PY 2011 Quarter 1 is expected in late December.
WIA Quarterly Data Available in Web App
Ringwood, New Jersey, May 12, 2011 – FutureWork Systems has added another, important decision support application to its growing list of web-based application services specifically designed to assist the workforce development community mine its vast data warehouse. Performance Matters Quarterly is the first and only decision support application that gives workforce development professionals access to WIA quarterly performance data on a national level.
Since May of 2010, USDOL has required states to submit quarterly data about all participants in the WIA program, those that have exited the program and those currently enrolled. The intent of this new policy is to shine a brighter light on the details of what’s happening in the workforce system, giving policy-makers and administrators of workforce programs a richer source of information.
Performance Matters 7.8 Released
October 2010 - FutureWork Systems, a provider of performance management Web applications and technical assistance services in support of U.S. Department of Labor initiatives, has released version 7.8 of its leading performance management application, Performance Matters. This latest update brings improved performance and additional application features which leverage the latest Microsoft technologies.
Performance Matters is a hosted application service specifically designed for state workforce development agencies and local workforce development areas for the tracking, analysis and reporting of performance for the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Labor Exchange, Trade Act and other state-specific workforce programs. Performance Matters has been used within workforce development agencies since 2000.