Opportunity Data

Opportunity Data / Regional Data Trust

Opportunity Data Trust Network seeks to solve multiple agencies working together to improve rates of K to Career progression

Bringing “Opportunity Engineering” to Pre-K to Career

NLET has built a powerful collaboration of a dozen partners who routinely come together to work on projects and new technology that integrate existing technology across higher education and workforce. The members of this cross-sector group are in constant communication with each other exploring grants and providing advice.

The group has coined the term “opportunity engineering” to describe the process of removing the barriers that exist between higher education technology solutions, HR solutions, and digital publishing—and the need for co-processed, cross-sector data to foster integrated apps for use at the level of students, jobseekers, instructors, labor data providers, job boards, and employers. NELT prides itself on this type of cross-sector culture-building to help solve the difficult equity and access issues when higher education and hiring are in flux.

  • Pima Community College – Award-winning workforce and economic development community college working closely with regional employers and economic development.
  • Skills Common – Occupational course repository holding the programs from the 1.9 billion dollar Depart of Labor TAACCCT grant program.
  • Pragya Systems – Only firm that links course data with labor outcomes data through the use of IBM Watson big data analysis.
  • Emsieconomicmodeling.com – Top labor data provider and economic modeler for higher education.
  • EdResultsEdResults.com – Top state education plus economic analysis for improvement in K12, higher education, and workforce outcomes.
  • Geographic Solutionsgeorgraphicsolutions.com – Lead provider of state workforce development job boards such as the CalJobs portal.
  • BrightHiveio – Top data designers of open data standards for education and HR, regional data trusts, and regional sharing agreements.
  • UC San Diego Supercomputer Center, sdsc.edu – Available to benchmark and provide assurance of highest data standards and to operate comprehensive state K to Work data sets.
  • San Diego Workforce Partnershipworkforce.org – One of the top workforce development boards and regional employment sources in the country.
  • San Diego Economic Development Corporationsandiegobusiness.org – Top regional economic development board with an inclusion program tied to the US Chamber of Commerce work in this area.
  • San Diego County Office of Education, SDCOE.org – Very strong service-oriented county office providing services, technology, data analysis, and performance governance to their regional districts.
  • National University, Precision InstituteNU.edu/precision  – A unique effort in higher education use of big data and analytics to support adult learners in an open access, nonprofit institution.
  • ConcentricSky, ConcentricSky.com – Top web and app development company that has pioneered badging and the first badging pathway system.
  • Edify, Edify.CR  Top higher education systems developer of SIS, LMS, and Digital content systems, including development of full solutions for HotChalk, EdReady, and Kaplan.

Update: Opportunity Data Network: Cross-Sector Team Operating

The idea of an Opportunity Data Trust Network is to concentrate regional efforts through the trust mechanisms to increase rates of success in the progression from Pre-K to Career in a seamless system.

NLET developed through an NSF grant a data trust in Silicon Valley which was spun out of NLET in 2016 by two NLET board members and faculty at UC Santa Cruz. NLET’s current effort with BrightHive and partners in San Diego is to develop an regional opportunity data trust that is deeper in regional modeling to shore up weak points on the progression form Pre-K to Career.

To that end, NLET organized an event managed and sponsored by National University (www.NU.edu/precision), San Diego Workforce Partnership (www.workforce.org), and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (www.sandiegobusiness.org), where Stanford Economist Raj Chetty addressed a Pre-K to Career audience of 300 and participated in a round table to begin this work. See Chetty Lecture: