Building Stakeholder Knowledge about Data

A Toolkit for IDEA Part C and Part B 619 Stakeholders

Critical Stakeholder Groups: State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC) and State Advisory Panel (SAP)
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that each state establish a State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC) for the purpose of advising the Part C lead agency in the implementation of its early intervention program. Depending on the state, the scope of the SICC may include the Part B 619 program. Similarly, IDEA requires that each state establish a State Advisory Panel (SAP) to advise on the implementation of Part B (ages 3-21) special education programs. Stakeholders represented on SICCs and SAPs include but are not limited to:
  • Families
  • Local service providers
  • Personnel preparation representatives (e.g., faculty from institutions of higher education)
  • Staff from programs that partner with Part C and Part B 619 to serve children with disabilities and their families throughout the community, e.g., public health programs

State lead agencies for IDEA Part C (early intervention) and Part B 619 (early childhood special education) programs partner with stakeholders for a variety of purposes, including collaborating on program improvement initiatives and preparing annual reports on program implementation. Data play a role in virtually every aspect of the administration of IDEA Part C and Part B 619 programs. This toolkit provides Part C and Part B 619 stakeholders with an orientation to IDEA data and other data-related topics to help them meaningfully participate in conversations about important programmatic issues and decisions.

  • Part C and 619 staff are encouraged to share this toolkit with stakeholders as a self-guided resource and/or use it with stakeholders in a facilitated manner.
  • Stakeholders can build upon the introductory knowledge gained from using this toolkit by seeking opportunities to learn more about their states’ IDEA data.
  • Participating in conversations about how their state collects, analyzes, and uses data to improve results for children and families will provide stakeholders with a deeper understanding of the topics addressed in this toolkit.
  • The Introduction (first tile below) provides general information on how to use the toolkit. Please start there!

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Connections to DaSy Data System Framework

Stakeholder Engagement Subcomponent/Quality Indicator 2b: Part C/619 state staff provide stakeholders with the necessary information to provide input on the issues or decisions under consideration.

Data Use Subcomponent/Quality Indicator 6a: Part C/619 state staff or representatives provide multiple resources and tools for a variety of data users to facilitate access to data and to support data use.

The contents of this toolkit were developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, #H373Z120002. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Project Officers, Meredith Miceli and Richelle Davis.