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  • III. Operational Planning Elements

    The Unified or Combined State Plan must include an Operational Planning Elements section that supports the State’s strategy and the system-wide vision described in Section II(c) above.  Unless otherwise noted, all Operational Planning Elements apply to Combined State Plan partner programs included in the plan as well as to core programs.  This section must include—

    • b. State Operating Systems and Policies

      The Unified or Combined State Plan must include a description of the State operating systems and policies that will support the implementation of the State strategy described in section II Strategic Elements.  This includes—

      • 6. Program Data
        • A. Data Alignment and Integration

          Describe the plans of the lead State agencies with responsibility for the administration of the core programs, along with the State Board, to align and integrate available workforce and education data systems for the core programs, unemployment insurance programs, and education through postsecondary education, and to the extent possible, the Combined State Plan partner programs included in this plan.  The description of the State’s plan for integrating data systems should include the State’s goals for achieving integration and any progress to date. 

III. b. 6. A. iii. Explain how the State board will assist the governor in aligning technology and data systems across required one-stop partner programs (including design and implementation of common intake, data collection, etc.) and how such alignment will improve service delivery to individuals, including unemployed individuals

Current Narrative:

The Workforce Development Council, appointed by the Governor, will provide leadership for data integration efforts through its One Stop Committee. Agency leaders from WIOA core and optional partners participate in the One Stop Committee and have the ability to identify resources and expertise to support efforts brought forth by the WIOA Advisory Group.

Previous efforts to implement common intake and a technology solution that could overlay the individual partner’s systems have stalled and a new course of action is set in place in Section II(b)(2) under the focus area of Improving Public Awareness and Access to the Workforce System. Prior to looking at data integration, the questions of how many individuals would be impacted and whether it would improve service delivery need to be answered. Since referrals across programs are low, processes need to be developed and implemented before data integration efforts are launched.

The state's Workforce Data Quality Initiative grant (WDQI - referenced earlier in Section III.b.6.A.i.) will assist the Workforce Development Council in this effort, providing the data necessary to help improve system alignment in Idaho. Guided by the Workforce Development Council and based on the data generated by WDQI, Core and One-Stop partners can focus on the development of potentially new service delivery models to improve participant outcomes throughout the state's workforce development system.