AISP Network: Illinois Longitudinal Data System

About the Work

The Illinois Longitudinal Data System (ILDS) consists of a centralized master-client index, data management, and analytics platform. The program is managed by a governance board established through an inter-governmental agreement that includes Illinois’ State Board of Education, Board of Higher Education, Community College Board, Student Assistance Commission, Department of Human Services, Department of Child and Family Services, Department of Economic Opportunity, and Department of Employment Security. In addition to regular convenings, each agency has committed to loading anonymized data into databases that are linked to the central management system and to the development of data dictionaries around their datasets.

The ILDS empowers students, families, communities, practitioners, advocates, policymakers, and state agencies to make data-informed decisions in and across early childhood, education, and workforce systems by streamlining processes and reducing the burden of accessing high-quality, well-managed, and integrated data and provide spaces for safe and secure collaboration.

Illinois Longitudinal Data System is hosted by the State of Illinois and staffed by Education Systems Center at Northern Illinois University.

Integrating data since: 2016

Jurisdiction: Illinois

Scale: state

Contact: Ben Boer
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About the Data

Data Included

Early childhood
Economic security & jobs

Current Data Uses

To inform policy
Program evaluation
Community needs assessment

Relevant Policy Priorities

Child welfare
Early childhood education
Economic mobility/employment
K-12 education
Workforce training

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