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Access:  Balancing Confidentiality and Access: Sharing Employment and Wage Data for Policy Analysis and Research

This research sought to catalogue the current state of practice in intra-state data sharing (data sharing among stakeholders within a state). It was also designed to recognize and catalyze efforts that try to balance the data confidentiality needs of individuals and employer taxpayers with the important role employment and wage data could play in strengthening policymakers’ statistical and program evaluation activities. The ultimate goal of the investigation was to support changes in data sharing policies and practices that can make taxpayer investments in workforce and economic development programs more effective. This project was funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, with additional support from the Pew Charitable Trusts.

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation was founded in 1966 by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist, Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Kauffman Foundation is based in Kansas City, Missouri, and is among the largest private foundations in the United States with an asset base of approximately $2 billion. Their vision is to foster a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens in their communities.

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