2022 VLDS Research Forum Webinar Series: Aligning Data across Education, Social Services, and Workforce Sectors to Inform Systems Outcomes

Registration is now open! Visit the event website for more information. 

Webinar 1: How to Design, Build, Manipulate, and Analyze Effective VLDS Data Packages: Avoiding Common Errors and Pitfalls

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Presenters: Ron Parrish, VDOE Senior Data Analyst and Will Goldschmidt, DB Driven Managing Partner 

Topic: Designed for all users of VLDS (novice to experienced), this first session will include a brief overview of the VLDS and in-depth training on requesting, accessing, merging, and interpreting data results across state agencies and sectors. Bring your toughest questions on the VLDS for our experts!

 

Webinar 2: On the Move: Educational Instability among Foster Youth

Tuesday September 27, 2022 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Presenter: Dr. Mattie Mackenzie-Liu, Research Associate, Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population, Urban Institute 

Topic: Dr. Mackenzie-Liu will discuss the results of her recently completed research project using VLDS data, which focused on foster care youth and educational instability. Learn why supporting students’ educational stability is such an important part of student success.

 

Webinar 3: Using VLDS to Study the Virginia Health Workforce Supply

Thursday October 13, 2022 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Presenters: Dr. Tammie Jones, Research Manager at George Mason University and Dr. PJ Maddox, Professor & Chair of the Department of Health Administration at George Mason University

Topic: At our closing webinar, Dr. Jones and Dr. Maddox will discuss their VLDS research project focused on understanding the health sciences workforce pipeline and career development of students over time. What can VLDS tell us about the future of the health sciences workforce and student career development? Come find out!

 

2021 VLDS Research Forum: Connecting to an Equitable Future with the Virginia Longitudinal Data System

On September 28-30, 2021, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and VLDS partner agencies hosted the 2021 VLDS Research Forum supported by a federal grant VDOE received in 2019. This virtual event brought together nearly 130 talented and passionate professionals from state agencies, universities, and industry experts to share insights and expertise around leveraging data systems to advance research, policy, and statewide decision-making centered on equity.

 

2021 VLDS Research Forum Session Recordings   

Breakout Session A 

Topic: VLDS 101 

Presenter: Craig MoebusDBDriven 

Description: Designed for individuals new to VLDS, this session will provide an in-depth review of how VLDS operates, including user access procedures, data availability, data matching and de-identification procedures, and the type of output users can anticipate. 

Update June 29, 2022: The ‘future state’ hashing method discussed from 19:47 - 21:45 of this presentation is implemented in the VLDS system. Result ID’s returned within a Research Purpose will yield the same ID for the same record. For example: 

  • Data Package A – Jane Doe Result ID ABC123 
  • Data Package B – Jane Doe Resuls ID ABC123 

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Breakout Session B 

TopicQueries in VLDS  

Presenter: Ron Parrish, VDOE 

Description: Designed for individuals who will be requesting and working with VLDS data, this session focuses on how to design successful queries and packages in VLDS to get the most out of the data available, including the use of filters to manage query size and scope.  

Update June 29, 2022: The ‘future state’ hashing method discussed in this presentation is implemented in the VLDS system. Result ID’s returned within a Research Purpose will yield the same ID for the same record. For example: 

  • Data Package A – Jane Doe Result ID ABC123 
  • Data Package B – Jane Doe Resuls ID ABC123 

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Breakout Session C 

Topic: Incremental Improvements: How Research Improves Data 

Presenter: Jeff Price, Ph.D., VDSS  

Description: State agencies glean opportunities to improve data availability or data structures within VLDS from their engagement with researchers. As Chief Data Officer and Director of the Office of Research and Planning at the Virginia Department of Social Services, Dr. Price will discuss how recent research projects evaluating the impact of agency programs and service delivery have resulted in enhancements to agency data and informed future system plans.  

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Breakout Session D 

Topic: Working with VLDS: One Researcher’s Advice     

Presenter:   

Luke Miller, Ph.D., University of Virginia  

Description: When analyzing VLDS data, researchers can take several important steps to ensure their findings reflect the context that generated the data and to maximize their findings’ impact on policy and practice. Dr. Miller has been working with VLDS since 2012, and will share his perspective on the value of developing collaborative research partnerships with state agencies, and identifying ways to use VLDS data elements to create new data elements relevant to the research purpose.  

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Breakout Session E 

Topic: Research to Operations      

Presenter:  Carlos Rivero, Chief Data Officer for the Commonwealth of Virginia 

Description: As head of Virginia’s Office of Data Governance and Analytics within the Secretary of Administration, Mr. Rivero’s mission is to maximize the value of Commonwealth data through strategic governance, secure and appropriate data sharing, and enterprise analytics to inform actionable intelligence. For this session, Mr. Rivero will share his vision for the future of data governance, data sharing, and data analytics in Virginia, including how the Virginia Longitudinal Data System, Virginia’s Open Data Portal, DataSAGE, and the Commonwealth Data Trust can work together to address equity.   

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