Helping Communities Shine

Whether researching and implementing ways to shape a community's economic development plan or partnering to create ways to put people to work, CREC connects researchers and policymakers with:

     • Data training
     • Custom portfolios that aid regional competitiveness

Project Profile

State Data Sharing Initiative

Laura and John Arnold Foundation
Start Date: Nov 2015 — End Date: Feb 2018

Unemployment insurance (UI) and corporate tax filings data offer a powerful resource for policy making and program evaluation. By analyzing these confidential data, policymakers gain valuable insights about the effects of public investments on employment, wages, and business growth that could be used to improve government services and ensure that taxpayer dollars are directed to the most effective programs. CREC is gathering information about state laws and regulations that govern business revenue and UI data disclosure to determine best practices for maintaining the safety of data as well as best practices for expanding access to confidential data for qualified researchers and policymakers. CREC will create a state-to-state comparison of data-sharing laws and regulations; prepare reports on expert insights and lessons learned; conduct educational webinars and presentations on project-related research findings; and develop language for model laws, regulations, and data-sharing agreements. We will also provide assistance to five states seeking to reform their data governance and sharing policies based on best practices from other states.

Technical Assistance

About the Client

Laura and John Arnold Foundation

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation’s core objective is to address the nation’s most pressing and persistent challenges using evidence-based, multi-disciplinary approaches. The Foundation strives to create functional solutions that target the root causes, not just the symptoms, of these problems. The solutions must be both scalable nationally and sustainable without permanent philanthropy. Learn more at

Project Updates

CREC Selects Five State Teams to Collaborate on the Data Sharing for State Policy Making and Program Evaluation Initiative
August 4, 2016

CREC has selected five outstanding state teams to collaborate with on the Data Sharing for State Policy Making and Program Evaluation Initiative, a two-year effort that aims to help states use privacy-protected administrative data.

RFP: Seeking Five Cross-Agency Teams to Participate in State Data Sharing Initiative
June 24, 2016

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: CREC seeks (5) state teams to collaborate with one another and with CREC experts to help facilitate greater access to administrative data to validate the impact of public investments in workforce and economic development. Proposals are due Friday, July 15, 2016.