This project has created a data warehouse of integrated workforce and education data, thanks to the collaboration of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, and the Indiana Business Research Center. An ongoing project of IFI, it continues to build and create data that can help us understand brain drain, workforce vulnerabilities, job creation opportunities, and the education-to-work skills pipeline. With support from the Lilly Endowment, the Joyce Foundation, Lumina Foundation, IWIS continues to expand. The project has gained national recognition and attention because of its unique approach to its development and sustainability.
The Gateway serves as an online data collection system and public access website that increases transparency and accessibility of local government finance information for Hoosiers. Local officials use Gateway to submit budgets and annual reports to the Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) and the State Board of Accounts (SBOA), while a public portal makes this information accessible for research and analysis to those outside of state government.
Researchers and policy makers have complained for years about the dearth of timely and accurate property data, data which have been needed to help understand the implications of our past and current property tax systems and their role in the larger matrix of taxation. This project has been unique because the IBRC and the Department of Local Government Finance and the Legislative Services Agency undertook to fix the problem from the starting point of data collection. We have now created web-enabled tools that allow for the upload and verification of county assessment and auditor files, ensuring that those files meet the legal format standards set by the General Assembly. Concomitant with those tools was the development of an online Sales Disclosure system that provides an online utility for entering property sales of all types – a so-called “public” version for the seller and another editable version for the assessors. The end result is an accessible database with near real-time information on property sales.
New data and more data are now flowing to STATS Indiana as a result of these time intensive projects: