Data Culture Toolkit

Overview: Supporting State and Local Data Use

The DaSy Data Culture Toolkit contains information, guidance, and templates to help Part C and Part B 619 program staff build effective data teams and support conditions for a culture of data use at state and local levels. The toolkit is organized around key steps to building a culture of data use in your state or local team. Each step includes an overview, considerations, and resources (e.g., videos, infographics, templates) with tips for how to use them. Using these tools, agencies will be able to 1) increase the participation and focus of their data teams and 2) review and improve data quality and the processes used to gather, monitor, analyze, and use data.

Quotation about cultureCulture does not change because we desire to change it. Culture changes when the organization is transformed; the culture reflects the realities of people working together every day. – Frances Hesselbein

Strong data culture results when an organization believes in continuous improvement and regularly puts that belief into practice. Schools and districts that have strong data cultures emphasize collaboration as a keystone for success and empower teachers and administrators to make decisions for which they will be held accountable. Elements of a strong data culture include commitment, vision, beliefs, accountability, collaboration, modeling, and commitment to ongoing instructional and programmatic improvements.

To learn more, select a topic below. The Introduction provides information about how to use this toolkit.

Introduction Tile
Teaming for Data Use Tile
Assess Your Data Use Culture Tile
Prioritize Your Data Team's Critical Questions Tile
Assess and Improve Data Quality Tile
Data Culture Resources Tile

Published August 2017.