Coffee Talk Series: Using ARP Funding to Improve Part C and Part B 619 Data Systems

Planning to use American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds to improve your data system? Wondering where to start with system upgrades and enhancements? Need to communicate data collection needs and timelines or federal requirements on use of the funds to diverse stakeholders? If so, let’s talk! The time is now before you get too far into the process. The Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy) is partnering with the Center for IDEA Fiscal Reporting (CIFR) to host a 3-part Coffee Talk series for colleagues to discuss allowable data system-related uses of the funds and share ideas for data system improvements. The series will set the stage for deeper dive conversations and presentations that will take place during upcoming technical assistance events (e.g., individualized TA meetings, IDEA Fiscal Forum, OSEP Leadership, and Improving Data, Improving Outcomes Conferences).

Intended Audience: Part C and Part B 619 Coordinators, Data Managers, Fiscal Managers and other staff involved in the data system procurement and training processes are invited to join us for the calls on the dates/times listed below. Please forward this announcement and the calendar invitations appropriately. For questions about the series, please contact

Talk 1 – Thinking Long-Term: Sustainable Data System Improvement Initiatives

Thurs., Jan. 20, 2022 (3:00-3:30 p.m. ET)

The first session will focus on considerations for undertaking strategic and impactful data system improvement efforts, such as training, stakeholder engagement, securing ongoing political support and understanding funding streams and revenue sources for long-term budget planning. Technical assistance experts will provide an overview of the use of ARP and other funds for data system improvements.

Talk 2 – Identifying What You Really Need: Data System Features and Functions for Improvement

Mon., Jan. 31, 2022 (3:00-3:30 pm. ET)

Participants will explore the potential features and functions of data system changes to support program accountability, improvement, and operations requirements. Discussion will include using new types of data to answer critical questions and enhancing reports/outputs (e.g., data visualizations).

Talk 3 – You Get What You Ask For: Articulating Requirements for Data System Improvements

Mon., Feb. 7, 2022 (3:00-3:30 p.m. ET)

The final session will provide participants with insight and suggestions for developing and documenting detailed requirements for data system improvements, including using the information to develop a request for proposals (RFP) and understanding the impact of fiscal timelines for obligating and using funds. Tips for navigating the procurement process from start to finish will be shared.

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