Definition: Strong data culture results when an organization believes in continuous improvement and regularly puts that belief into practice. Programs, agencies, 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.
Source: Adapted from Ronka, D., Geier, R., & Marciniak, M. (2010). A practical framework for building a data-driven district or school: How a focus on data quality, capacity and culture supports data-driven action to improve student outcomes. PCG Education.
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