EC Data University – Data Use & Sharing Path


Effective data use requires ongoing planning, analysis, and dissemination of data products. In many cases, data become more valuable when they are linked with other data, creating additional information from which new data products can be developed Data products are defined as all types of materials containing data, such as, for example, data tables, presentations, and reports.

The data use path is focused on aspects of this critical first step in the life of data. The measurement and entry of data defines the crucial concept of data collection. Learning more about data collection, examining and exploring topics around the knowledge and skills necessary to use data to inform decision-making, including using data to examine equitable access, services and supports, and outcomes to better do create and maintain the conditions for a culture of data use and allow staff to lead an ongoing data-informed decision-making process.

Course #1 – Identifying Research and Practice Questions and the Data to Answer Those Questions

Developing a Coherent Research Agenda: Lessons from the REL Northeast & Islands Research Agenda Workshops
This 2014 workshop toolkit and supporting materials are intended to guide alliances of educators and researchers to work together to identify relevant research questions and create shared research agendas.

A Practical Guide for Engaging Stakeholders in Developing Evaluation Questions
This 2009 guide aims to assist in planning the process of engaging stakeholders. It includes worksheets for identifying stakeholders, determining stakeholder roles, priorities, and motivations, and considering strategies for engagement.

Course #2 – Understanding and using fiscal data

(coming soon)

Course #3 – Using Data to Understand Issues of Equity

Using Data from Families of Young Children to Advance Program Equity
This session provided an overview of the importance of addressing response bias in family survey returns and provided an overview of one state’s strategies for improving representativeness. Part C and 619 staff can use the content in this session to address common issues with data about families. In particular, staff can learn how one state used a structured approach to identify challenges with their family outcomes data and develop intentional strategies to address those challenges.

Closing Keynote: Responding to the Moment: Harnessing Data to Promote Equity
This keynote discussed the importance of understanding systemic influences and the implications of this approach for working with data. Key concepts to consider in thinking about the use of data to identify factors underlying inequities were presented. Dr. Smith stressed the importance of considering equity throughout design, data collection, analysis, reporting and use phrases. Foundational concepts related to equity and data were discussed.

Race Equity and Leadership: Working to Strengthen Our Leadership and Build More Equitable Systems
This session is designed to inspire and support state Part C and Section 619 leaders in building their capacity to address issues of inequity in their systems. Sterling E. Freeman and Kathleen Crabbs of Counter Part Consulting, a nationally recognized firm that partners with organizations to infuse a racial equity throughout their cultures, will provide information about approaching leadership with an explicit racial equity lens.