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ConnectLDS

The Connect LDS Solution, CIT’s flagship education program, provides states with unsurpassed P-20 data linking and reporting capabilities. Developed by Virginia and used by multiple states, the Connect LDS Solution is an advanced, web-based P-20W research tool that can be securely implemented within twelve months. In addition to creating anonymized, multi-agency datasets for research purposes and public reporting, the Connect Solution allows state agencies to maintain control over all data and research requests.

Designed to help guide and inform education and workforce policy by fostering data-driven decision-making, the Connect LDS provides insight into the trends and forces that are shaping education and employment.

What is the Connect LDS Solution?

Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, CIT collaborated with five Virginia government agencies to design and develop the Virginia Longitudinal Data System (VLDS). Since Go Live in 2013, the VLDS has been nationally recognized as an outstanding example of a best-in-class longitudinal data system. In 2014, CIT and Virginia partnered with the State of Nevada to implement the VLDS in Nevada as the Nevada P-20 to Workforce Research Data System (NPWR). Going Live in 2015, NPWR builds on the VLDS by integrating advanced reporting functionality to generate reports about Nevada’s educational and workforce outcomes.

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CIT is working to implement the LDS Solution in other states across the nation. A nonprofit organization, chartered by the Commonwealth of Virginia, CIT facilitates states' adoption of the LDS Solution and manages the multistate LDS partnership. CIT has been supporting SLDS solutions since 2008 and currently manages operations and maintenance for systems in multiple states. Working onsite, our team performs an end-to-end system integration, including project management, design, new development, documentation, testing, training, operations and maintenance, help desk services, sustainability, marketing and branding. In other words, when you implement the Connect LDS Solution, all of our expertise comes with it.

How it Works

The Connect LDS Solution features a combination of custom code and off the shelf products to provide states with a fully integrated LDS. Using a federated data architecture, the Connect LDS Solution matches data between agencies and generates dynamic P-20 reports.

Workflow

  • Saves all documentation within the system. Contracts, permissions, and other documents are generated and preserved within the Connect LDS Solution, making them easy to access while simultaneously reducing paperwork.
  • Simplifies research and approval processes. Agency employees no longer have to generate data queries. All they have to do is review and approve — or reject — research requests in an easy-to-use dashboard.
  • Maintains a complete contact database. All researcher and agency actions within the system are fully auditable. Organizations always know who is requesting and being given access to data.

Automation

  • Includes established governance processes. There are no shortcuts and no back doors. Access to data can only be granted by following the defined governance process.
  • Automatically generates reports. Dynamic reporting functionality updates and publishes reports to the public-facing portal, once they are approved by the data owners.
  • Leverages collaboration. As users discover ways to improve the Connect LDS Solution, those changes can be implemented by other participating organizations at minimal cost.
  • Fully expandable. States can add new agencies to the LDS at any time. These might include health and human services, the department of transportation, or the department of corrections. 

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  • Allows each organization to retain control. All data is stored, managed, and maintained by the owning organization and resides behind their firewall. SSL encryption is used any time data is in transit.
  • Anonymizes all data. Unlike a data warehouse model, which stores personally identifiable information, our Federated Database Architecture anonymizes all data. Unique identifiers are used in place of social security numbers and personally identifiable information.
  • Protects personal privacy. The Connect LDS meets or exceeds all requirements of FERPA and the Government Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act.

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Opportunities for Inter-State Partnership

The Connect LDS Solution provides states with an opportunity for cost-savings through partnership. As part of each implementation, CIT provides states access to enhancements generated by other states at a fraction of the cost for new development. Additionally, CIT provides each state partner with a library of documentation, research reports, best practice studies, as well as our team’s expertise on LDS implementations. 

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For more information about how CIT Connect can serve your organization, contact us.