SoDa Symposium: “Job Quality Measures – Data Literacy & Evidence Building”

Event Start Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2024 - 12:00 pm

Event End Date: Monday, December 23, 2024 - 2:00 pm

Location: Virtual

UMD students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends—join us for the next SoDa Symposium!


The importance of creating good quality jobs has been highlighted in much recent legislation, including the  Chips and Science Act, the Inflation Reduction Act, and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, as well as the renewal of existing legislation such as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.  Participants in a recent Executive Certificate class jointly offered by New York University and the University of Maryland expressed a strong interest in building a community of practice around developing operational measures using UI wage record data to inform associated policy implementations.

This webinar provides a set of lightning talks from experts from universities, think tanks and states that review current approaches, identify lessons learned, and sketches a possible future agenda.


12:00–12:10 Overview (Julia Lane)

12:10–12:20 Defining good jobs: What we know (Harry Holzer)

12:20–12:30 Discussion

12: 30–12:40 Good jobs at firms: Regional Innovation Engines (Bruce Weinberg)

12:40–12:50 Discussion

12:50–1:00  Job quality – cross state measures (Angie Tombari)

1:00–1:10 Discussion

1:10–1:20 State measures (Dana Brandt, RI)

1:20–1:30 State measures (Adam Leonard, TX)

1:301:40 Discussion

1:40–1:50  Lessons learned and possible next steps (led by Julia Lane)



Julia Lane, Professor, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School, New York University

Additional Information:

Please contact at least one week prior to the event to request disability accommodations. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.

Speaker(s): Julia Lane, Harry Holzer, Bruce Weinberg, Angie Tombari, Dana Brandt, Adam Leonard


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