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The Rhode Island Longitudinal Data System (RILDS) connects data across sectors and over time to connect data across sectors over time to support research aligned with the state’s priorities; inform policymaking and program evaluation; and improve the well-being of all Rhode Islanders. The RILDS centralizes four decades of previously siloed Rhode Island state data using a custom-built machine learning algorithm. It currently links data from early childhood, through K-12 and postsecondary education, and into the workforce. It also integrates data related to health, human services, and civic engagement.
For more than 30 years, DataSpark has been supporting research aligned with the state’s priorities, informing policy-making and program evaluation, and addressing inequities in access, opportunities, and outcomes.
Rhode Island began the development of its statewide longitudinal data system in 2009. In leveraging funding from the U.S. Department of Education Safe and Drug-Free Schools grant and State Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) grant, Rhode Island committed to building an statewide integrated, longitudinal data system. State leadership identified a local Rhode Island non-profit, the Providence Plan (ProvPlan), as the ideal data intermediary to centralize and analyze data for policymakers, practitioners, and researchers. In 2012, the U.S. Department of Education awarded Rhode Island another SLDS grant, and the U.S. Department of Labor awarded Rhode Island its first Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI) grant, allowing further the development and enhancement of the RILDS. The ProvPlan’s DataSpark team operated the RILDS, then known as the Rhode Island DataHUB, from 2009 through 2017.
In February 2017, the University of Rhode Island formally acquired DataSpark along with the maintenance and operation of the RILDS, and the RILDS Data Contributing Agencies formally consented to this acquisition. Rhode Island has received six rounds of SLDS and WDQI funding, and the RILDS is a mature, robust P20W+ (early learning through workforce) system. DataSpark leverages the RILDS to inform policy and resource allocation, improve student learning and outcomes, promote workforce and economic development, and address equity issues holistically.
The information provided by DataSpark on the RILDS is for general informational purposes only. All information is provided in good faith, however we make no representation or warranty of any kind, express or implied, regarding the accuracy, adequacy, validity, reliability, availability or completeness of any administrative data provided to DataSpark on behalf of the source agency. Due to the timing of data collection by the originator; transfer to DataSpark; and analysis, vetting and publication by the RILDS, the information found within the RILDS may not match data publicly available elsewhere.
Although the data provided to DataSpark have been produced and processed from sources believed to be reliable, no warranty, expressed or implied, is made regarding accuracy, adequacy, completeness, legality, reliability or usefulness of any information. This disclaimer applies to both isolated and aggregate uses of the information. The information is provided on an "as is" basis. All warranties of any kind, express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, freedom from contamination by computer viruses and non-infringement of proprietary rights are disclaimed. Changes may be periodically made to the information herein; these changes may or may not be incorporated in any new version of the publication.
Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, or other information or content expressed or made available by DataSpark and the RILDS, are those of the respective author(s) and do not necessarily state or reflect those of the data providing agency.