Mission & History
The New Jersey Statewide Data System (NJSDS), formerly the New Jersey Education to Earnings Data System (NJEEDS), is the State of New Jersey’s centralized longitudinal data system for public administrative data. Initially developed in 2012 with start-up funding through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, NJSDS has expanded through coordination with partnering state agencies. Having grown significantly since that time, it is now a large statewide interagency and intergovernmental platform where data from participating agencies are securely stored to expand access and analysis to improve governance efforts, policymaking, and performance of public initiatives.
NJSDS aims to help the public and stakeholders make data-informed decisions to improve public policies and practices for New Jersey residents. This includes facilitating longitudinal and linked-data research, providing statistical data, and publishing reports on the NJSDS website.
NJSDS is a collaboration between four New Jersey state agencies, each sharing individual-level data. The system is owned by the State of New Jersey and operated by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
The four NJSDS partner agencies are:
New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE)
The New Jersey Department of Education’s mission is to support schools, educators, and districts to ensure all of New Jersey’s students have equitable access to high quality education and achieve academic excellence. NJDOE’s vision is to become a model organization that strengthens teaching, leading, and learning in order to increase educational equity for all students.
New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL)
The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development is dedicated to protecting New Jersey’s workforce, strengthening its businesses, and promoting the dignity of work. NJDOL administers programs that support New Jersey’s unemployed, connects workers to employment, provides skills training, and offers tools and resources to businesses to strengthen employee proficiency.
New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA)
The New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority’s sole mission is to provide New Jersey students and families with financial and informational resources to pursue education beyond high school. Its programs and services include administering need-based financial programs, merit-based scholarships, New Jersey’s 529 college savings plan, and New Jersey’s supplemental family loan program.
New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE)
The New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education works to ensure that New Jersey’s richly diverse population of full and part-time students has access to a high-quality higher education. As the primary advisor to the Governor on higher education initiatives and incentive programs, the Secretary of Higher Education reviews requests for state support from institutions and communicates with educational leaders across the state to advance education at all levels.
John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
The John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is one of the nation’s foremost research and policy organizations dedicated to strengthening the workforce in the United States. The Heldrich Center researches and develops strategies that increase workers’ skills and employability, strengthen the ability of companies to compete, create jobs where they are needed, and improve the quality of the public workforce development system.
The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission serves as an intermediary partner in this work to improve data quality.
New Jersey Statewide Data System (NJSDS)
John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
30 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901