For access and more information regarding the NPWR Research Portal, please email Kristen Dwyer at For media inquiries please also email Kristen. Click here to navigate to the NPWR Research Portal. The NPWR Data Dictionary can be found here.

If there are data sets you are interested in or potential partners you think may be a fit, please reach out to Kristen Dwyer. GOWINN helps convene partners across the State, but cannot guarantee any data commitments.

Research Projects

Are you interested in using NPWR data to study Nevada’s most challenging policy problems in the areas of workforce development, economic diversification, and education? If so, consider applying for an NPWR Research Funding Request. This research will be published and made publicly available.

The 2024 application is now available and are due to Kristen Dwyer on Monday, November 27 at 5 PM. The NPWR team held a webinar on November 5 at 10 AM to discuss the funding opportunity and using the portal, with the details on the application. a recording of the webinar and the presentation are available at the link below:

Presentation Slide Deck

Webinar Zoom Link

Passcode: m26nD@67

The inaugural 2023 funded projects are:

Workforce and Economic Development

  • The Brookings Mountain West’s project, The Gender Cap in Nevada: A K-12, Higher Education, and Workforce Study will explore the gender gap in Nevada and propose public policy interventions to improve educational and workforce outcomes;
  • The Kenny Guinn Center for Policy Priorities and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Center for Business and Economic (CBER) Research’s project An Analysis of Nevada’s Pre- and Post-Pandemic Labor Force Participation Rate will identify and evaluate factors contributing to Nevada having the 3rd largest decrease in labor force participation following the pandemic;
  • The University of Nevada, Reno’s (UNR) Center for Economic Development’s Examination of the Relationship between Workforce Development and Housing, Education and Childcare Services, and Healthcare Services will explore how labor force barriers impact workforce and economic development and business creation, retention, and expansion abilities.


  • The Lincy Institute’s project Nevada K-12 Performance and Implications for Economic Diversification will evaluate the differentiating factors between Nevada’s highest and lowest performing schools and districts in terms of on-time graduation rates, performance on standardized tests, and college-going rates;
  • UNLV’s Center for Research, Evaluation, and Assessment’s project Piloting School Funding Equity: How the Enactment of Senate Bill 178 Impacted Student Outcomes After Graduation explores how Nevada's student funding pilot program impacted students post-secondary and vocational outcomes;
  • Dr. Megan Rauch Griffard from UNLV’s Department of Educational Psychology and Higher Education’s project Dissecting the Educator Talent Pipeline and Educators’ ROI in Nevada will focus on whether CTE certificates in education concentrations lead to eventual employment in education, seek to understand how long NSHE education majors take to earn their desired degree by educational attainment level, and how the wages of educators compare to other workers with comparable education and experience in Nevada by educational attainment level.


  • Anna Dreibelbis, a UNLV law and doctorate student, for her project Assessing Career Readiness Gaps in Nevada to understand what the gaps are in soft skill development in CTE programs across Nevada.
  • Curtis L. Cobbins, a doctorate student, for his project Causes of Innovation Engineering Management Failure in Workforce Development Within the Nevada System of Higher Education to understand how strong the correlation is, if any, between employee analysis of skills gap alignment and the role of innovation engineering management

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