D4AD supported innovative efforts to expand access and use of education and career data in partnerships that crossed public and private, state and local agencies. At its core, D4AD was about learning how best to develop and implement agile, responsive, and equitable tools, services, and systems to improve our workforce development, education, and training systems.
The D4AD initiative not only resulted in new tools and resources for workers and jobseekers in Colorado, Michigan and New Jersey, it also provided valuable lessons to others who are seeking to build more agile, responsive, and equitable workforce development, education and training tools and programs that can better serve unemployed and underemployed workers, particularly those who are economically marginalized and facing structural racism. As a guide for future work, NCHEMS has turned those lessons into strategic approaches states and organizations can employ as they develop tools and resources that are more equitable, will have a greater impact for workers and jobseekers, and will serve as economic drivers for communities and states. The approaches are divided into three key areas of work: strategic planning, harnessing data and technology, and crafting effective communications.