About the Integrated Workforce Information System (IWIS)
The IWIS project began with a stakeholder engagement and systems requirements gathering process to determine what providers, public agencies and funders needed from a new digital information system. Led by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, the Chicago Jobs Council, and consultant Marty Miles, the process involved a survey of 112 staff from workforce provider organizations, focus groups with providers and funders, and one-on-one and small group meetings with public agency and provider staff.
These engagement efforts provided detailed information about the array of workforce programs, the data and measures currently tracked for these programs, data systems used by public agencies and providers, and data system challenges and suggestions for improvement. It also included a literature review/ environmental scan to better understand current or recent relevant projects focused on integrating workforce data or aligning outcome measures and definitions.
The information from the systems requirements gathering process informed the selection of a system developer. In early 2014, The Partnership contracted with Geographic Solutions to develop the IWIS based on their Virtual OneStop® platform.
The IWIS project also includes an evaluation component. The Social IMPACT Research Center at Heartland Alliance is conducting a formative implementation and outcomes evaluation that will inform the process and provide guidance to future data integration initiatives.