Data breaches are not the concern of just information technology staff; they are the concern of everyone who has access to and handles Part C/Part B 619 data. A personally identifiable information (PII) to intentional hacking.
Part C and Part B 619 programs rely on data to inform decisions on program improvement, track child and family progress, and report performance to federal, state, and local policymakers and other stakeholders. Using inaccurate or poor quality data to report on program performance or make decisions will result in erroneous conclusions.
State Part C and Part B 619 programs will encounter the need for changes in their data system(s). Many changes to an existing data system can affect work conducted at the state, local/district, and/or provider levels.
An important part of each state’s Part C and Part B 619 accountability system is the regular reporting of data related to the implementation of IDEA. Part C and Part B 619 state staff or representatives analyze and publicly report data for a variety of reasons.
Given the continuing increase in the use of electronic communications (e.g., texting, email, instant messaging, video chatting, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter), it is not surprising that families and Part C and Part B 619 providers use these technologies to communicate and share program information.
It is critical that Part C and Part B 619 governance policies address record retention and data destruction. In developing their own policies and procedures, it is essential to review relevant federal and state agency regulations regarding data retention and destruction.
A data partnership is an arrangement between two or more parties that agree to collaborate for the purpose of advancing their mutual data interests (e.g., Part C and Early Hearing Detection and Intervention or Part B 619 and State Longitudinal Data System).