Ecosystem Enablers: Interoperable Data and Systems

An improved and more integrated data and systems infrastructure not only creates a shared language, but empowers groups to move toward a common vision with adult learners at the center. Interoperable data systems integrate diverse resources, services, solutions, and stakeholders to make each step along the working learner’s journey a seamless experience.


There is no shared system to either track workers’ academic records, skills, and employment accomplishments, or for institutions and stakeholders to measure outcomes and share what is working. As a result, working learners cannot demonstrate their skills to employers, and employers are challenged in finding candidates whose skills fit their needs.

A data system connected through the shared language of skills makes it easier for stakeholders to share key information and insights. Learners can make more informed decisions, educators and workforce development organizations can assess their programs and services, and employers can make confident hiring decisions.