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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. i. Describe the State’s plans to make the management information systems for the core programs interoperable to maximize the efficient exchange of common data elements to support assessment and evaluation

Current Narrative:

Starting in April 2020, two of the core partner agencies in Alabama, the Alabama Department of Commerce (Commerce) and Alabama Department of Labor (ADOL), started using an integrated database case management system (Alabama Works) to exchange data elements and provide common intake to participants for Titles I and III, Trade Act and JVSG programs.  The new Alabama Works information system is the first step in the implementation of the state’s the new longitudinal database,  Alabama Terminal on Linking and Analyzing Statistics (ATLAS). A module allowing tracking of Registered Apprenticeship Program employers and participants will also be added in PY2020.   

Negotiations for the next phase in implementation of the new system will begin during PY2020 to be effective no later than PY 2021. Agreements for data sharing of the common elements have been put in place with the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (Title IV) and the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education – Adult Education (Title II) so that this information is included in the new AlabamaWorks case management system. Other WIOA partner agencies will also be offered a chance to join this system within the next four years. Commerce and ADOL are actively working to include the Department of Human Resources, SNAP and TANF programs into the new system through an interagency agreement so that data can be shared. 

Implementation of this shared data system will greatly enhance the State’s ability to conduct research, evaluate programs, and assess the effectiveness of all workforce, core partners and non-core programs statewide.