Data for the American Dream
Development of an interactive website containing smart disclosure tools designed to help job seekers make informed decisions about training.
In September 2019, New Jersey became an inaugural grantee of Data for the American Dream (D4AD), an initiative to “support innovative projects aimed at expanding access to education and career information to help students and job seekers — especially low-income, lower-skilled, underemployed, and unemployed Americans — make better career decisions in a challenging economy.” The Heldrich Center is partnering with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, other state agencies, and organizations from the nonprofit sector, private sector, and academia over an 18-month period to build an interactive website containing smart disclosure tools designed to help job seekers make informed decisions about training. This website will target customers of the state’s human services programs and other disadvantaged populations. The newly available data will assist job seekers in obtaining information about their desired employment and earnings outcomes, and help employers find better-qualified employees.