About Gears


The Ohio Education Research Center (OERC) partnered with the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation (OWT) to provide a tool that communicates the successes of Ohio’s largest workforce development programs. The OERC used its archive of Ohio administrative data to provide employment and related outcomes of those individuals who have exited the workforce development programs. These data, displayed in interactive visualizations, enable workforce program administrators and policy makers to understand and therefore improve the effectiveness of Ohio’s workforce development programs.


Since the creation of the Governor's Office of Workforce Transformation, one of our core values has been “What gets measured, gets better.” To support this core value, we have been working with stakeholders to create tools to analyze programs and systems to help those who manage Ohio’s workforce systems identify more effective and efficient ways to help Ohioans find and keep jobs. This tool provides context to the provider data by sharing information on regional and county trends. Users can access data from other areas of the state to identify counties that might be trending up in an area where another county is struggling. We hope this dashboard will stimulate dialogue and sharing of successes, particularly across counties of similar size and economic makeup.
To create a data tool that displays workforce training program outcomes (1) over time, (2) using consistent definitions and outcomes among diverse workforce education and training programs, and (3) relative to other counties and/or providers.
The dashboard empowers program administrators and policy makers to evaluate program performance and identify best practices. The Office of Workforce Transformation, at the urging of the Governor’s Executive Workforce Board, identified the need to create a workforce learning tool and make it available on-line for program administrators and policy makers to more easily make sense of the existing workforce data and allow for the evaluation of Ohio’s largest workforce development programs.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act workforce programs (formerly WIA), Aspire (formerly ABLE), Carl Perkins Act Ohio Technical Center and College-based programs , Vocational Rehabilitation, and State Financial Aid and Scholarships for higher education – including the Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG) and Choose Ohio First Scholarship.
The Workforce Success Measures evaluate program efforts to:
  • Connect individuals to employment
  • Increase participants’ overall earnings
  • Meet the needs of employers.
  • Provide job seekers with access to training
    Yes, the workforce success measures seeks to be consistent with the measures required under WIOA. Over the next few months, we will be working with program staff to ensure that our measures align with the WIOA-required reporting of each workforce development program.
    The three primary audiences for this site are (1) county-level policy-makers and program staff, (2) state-level policy-makers, and (3) Ohio taxpayers.