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Stakeholder perspectives on early childhood data use

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Our newest resource features short videos describing some of the ways that key stakeholders are using data in their work to support children with disabilities and their families. Hear how important data are to program staff, data managers, coordinators, families, and more. These videos were part of our 2016 Improving Data, Improving Outcomes conference closing […]

Is your team ready to assess progress?

Many state teams are using the ECTA/DaSy Framework Self-Assessment to record the status of their early childhood system and set priorities for improvement. Our Comparison Tool draws from your completed Self-Assessments to track the results of your efforts over time. If you’re not sure how to use it, view our webinar to see how it’s […]

Are you using the DaSy Data System Framework?

Our Data System Framework captures all of the elements of a good data system, and each offers detailed Quality Indicators and Elements of Quality to help guide your work in developing and improving your data system. You can also find the Framework Self-Assessment on each page of the Framework to help you record the status […]

Partnering with IHEs to expand data use

Our Maryland Spotlight: Establishing Partnerships to Build Data Use Capacity offers that state’s story and process, plus guiding questions for other state agencies to use when pursuing partnerships with institutions of higher education. The result: Our partnership with JHU-CTE has helped ensure that all programmatic decisions are based upon data. – Brian Morrison, Part C […]


Department of Education

This October marks the 30th Anniversary of the passage of Public Law 99-457, which established Part C and mandated Part B, Section 619 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Throughout the week of October 3-7, 2016, OSEP will run a campaign showcasing many perspectives from the field, including researchers, families, practitioners, and even […]

Tell Your Data Story Effectively Using Tables

Are your data tables dense, uninteresting, or indecipherable? With tips and tools from our Data Visualization Toolkit, your data tables can be both engaging and informative, and serve as a integral piece of your data story. Check out the Data Tables section of the toolkit or peruse one of the eight other topics.

Get the ECIDEA16 mobile app!

The ECIDEA16 conference app is available for both Android and Apple products. Download the app onto your mobile device by clicking on the appropriate button below. Use the app to access the conference agenda, session handouts, social media, real-time communications, and more!

IDC’s Outlier Analyses Tools

This 2016 IDEA Data Center resource contains three technical assistance products designed to be used by state personnel responsible for the IDEA 618 and/or 616 data. The products include a brief that introduces the principles of outlier analysis, a tutorial on completing an outlier analysis, and a tool state staff can use to conduct outlier […]

Have you seen our Data Visualization Toolkit?

There are eight million stories* in the data, how will you tell them? Our new Data Visualization Toolkit is a compilation of resources for creating engaging data stories. Learn about nine different types of tools, including design principles, data considerations, accessibility tips, and detailed descriptions of selected tools. (*Apologies to The Naked City.)