Welcome to the State Initiative

This initiative helps states utilize data more effectively to inform policy and planning and support decisions about education and careers. Higher education faces growing pressure to demonstrate the labor market value of postsecondary programs and credentials. To support these efforts, we are working with states and higher education systems to set educational attainment goals, increase transparency about labor market outcomes, and improve alignment between education and the economy.

Our researchers analyze state-based administrative data; national datasets, such as the American Community Survey; and new sources of labor market data, such as Internet job postings collected by private research firms. To learn more about our current and past work with states, please explore the interactive map and featured items on this page.

Explore our new reports!

Our latest report shows that certificates offer a viable pathway to help established workers rebound from job losses and help young workers jump-start their careers. Certificates in Oregon: A Model for Workers to Jump-Start or Reboot Careers uncovers the value of certificates and shows that young Oregon certificate recipients can double their earnings after completion. This state-level research offers insight about an often-misunderstood credential.