Data Culture Toolkit: Supporting State and Local Data Use

The DaSy Data Culture Toolkit is a resource containing information, guidance, and templates to assist Part C and Part B 619 program staff with building effective data teams and supporting conditions for a culture of data use at the 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 data team resources (e.g., videos, infographics, templates, and blogs), and tips for how to use resources included in each section. The Toolkit Introduction (first tile) provides general information on how to use the toolkit. As agencies use the data culture tools contained here, they will be able to 1) increase the participation and focus of their data teams and 2) review and make improvements to data quality and the processes used to gather, monitor, analyze, and use data.

What is data culture?

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 they empower teachers (providers) and administrators (program leaders) 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.


Culture 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

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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.