Author Archives: Kristin Wolff

Share Information, Change the World: Big Data, Small Apps and Smart Dashboards

Workforce data used to come in primarily two flavors: Performance data that helped us understand something about the effectiveness of workforce programs and services based outcomes of people enrolled in them; and Labor market data that told us where jobs were (and weren’t) and were often shared in the form of monthly reports (PDFs…) or analyzed by state labor market researchers and turned into topical papers or briefs. How the world has changed! We are awash in data. Mobile devices and apps are radically changing Continue reading →

NAWB is here! Come scrum. No helmet required.

If you know SPR, then you know we’re always on the hunt for ideas, tools, and methods for working better, smarter, faster, and toward greater impact – especially in our work supporting multi-stakeholder collaboratives pursuing shared goals. We often employ simulation in such work – designing fast-paced, highly-engaging activities that help diverse groups strategize, problem-solve, or just brainstorm. A recent HUD-supported initiative took such collaboration to a whole new level: teams of regional partners representing economic development, transportation, planning, housing, environmental quality, human services, and Continue reading →