Working with several state agencies, EconSys developed the Program Outcomes Reporting Tool (PORT), a web-based application that allows providers in those states to input data as part of the Employment First initiative spearheaded by the Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).
When done manually, the data collection process can be slow and inconsistent. State agencies often rely on a single point of contact at a third-party provider, who may not follow best practice for submission of that data.
Following the enactment of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in 2014, states have been tasked with implementing improved services for Americans with significant barriers to employment
State agencies in many cases lack the tools needed to properly manage data collection sharing from service providers on employment outcomes of individuals with disabilities. The gap between the tools being used and the output required means ineffective data evaluation, lack of standards between providers, and lack of follow through from providers who collect data for each state. These challenges include: