In this episode, our host, Kristin Wolff, talks with Laura Ring and Dr. Jonathan Barlow. Laura is the Director of the Office of Grant Management at the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, and Jonathan is the Associate Director of Software Architecture and Development at the National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center (NSPARC) located on the Mississippi State University Campus in Starkville.

Grab your trainers and chart your course – this episode is longer than most and you’ll want to hear every word. We discuss how to build sustainable partnerships, the key turning points in the evolution of Mississippi’s longitudinal data system, and a raft of new products and tools under development now. Jonathan and Laura’s rich explanations and stories paint a picture of how policy and program work changes when data is connected, supported by high-quality governance structures, and used collectively, and why that’s so important for Mississippi students, workers, and businesses.