JD-VRTAC Communities of Practice on Labor Market Information and Business Engagement

The JD-VRTAC is hosting two communities of practice (CoPs) on Labor Market Information and Busienss Engagement Data. 

Turning Labor Market Facts into Labor Market Information

On Thursday, April 27 at 1:00PM EDT, the Job-Driven Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center (JD-VRTAC), VR Research and Training Center on Demand-Side Strategies (Demand-Side RRTC), and the Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC) will begin the next phase of our Labor Market Information (LMI) Community of Practice, Turning Labor Market Facts into Labor Market Information. This CoP will focus on 2 main areas:

  1. What are different states doing in regard to increasing LMI's utility? What are the successes and barriers? 
  2. What are states doing specifically to get more useful LMI directly into the hands of consumers?

Space for this CoP is limited. If you would like to know more about this CoP, contact Katie Allen at Katie.Allen@umb.edu

Business Engagement Data 

The Business Engagement Data Community of Practice (CoP) successfully concluded Phase 1 on increasing VR agency capacity to better collect and utilize business engagement data. Stay tuned on ExploreVR for a brief outlining solutions and strategies from the group's discussions including: key data elements, strategies for data collection, and lessons learned.
The CoP facilitators will begin a Phase 2 of the Business Engagement Data CoP to focus on analyzing data to improve business engagement activities. The CoP will commence on May 17th at 2:00 PM EDT, and plans to meet at 2:00 PM EDT on the third Wednesday of every month until September.
For more information and to join this CoP, please contact DeBrittany.Mitchell@umb.edu

Communities of practice disseminate research findings, define and expand the understanding of current strategy and policy, and inform local policy makers in participant networks. These communities of practice are part of the JD-VRTAC, a national center housed at the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The center is funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) within the US Department of Education under grant #H264A140002. The JD-VRTAC is part of ExploreVR, the data hub for a group of vocational rehabilitation research projects at the ICI. The Labor Market Information CoP is also part of the VR Research and Training Center on Demand-Side Strategies, which is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) Grant # H133B120002.‚Äč