DaSy Framework

(Updated 2021)

The purpose of the DaSy Data System Framework (referred to as DaSy Framework) is to assist Part C and Part B 619 programs in developing and enhancing high-quality state data systems for the collection, analysis, reporting, and use of their IDEA data. The DaSy framework was originally developed in 2014 and updated in 2021.

The Framework contains an Introduction section and is organized around five interrelated subcomponents: Purpose and Vision, Data Governance and Management, System Design and Development, Data Analysis and Use, and Sustainability. Each subcomponent contains one or more quality indicators and multiple elements of quality.

To learn more about the framework and its subcomponents, select a section below.

DaSy Framework: Introduction
Purpose and Vision Tile
Data Governance and Management Tile
System Design and Development Tile
Data Analysis and Use Tile
Sustainability Tile
Self Assessment Tile
Resources Tile

What other resources are available to help me in data system work?

We offer helpful related resources that complement the DaSy Framework, both broadly and in subcomponent-specific sets.

The Framework Self Assessment Tools provide a structure for state Part C and Section 619/Preschool programs to record the current status of their state system, set priorities for improvement, and track your progress over time.

The Data System Glossary is available to help you know exactly what we mean when we use a term in one of our resources and in the work we do with states. Glossary definitions are also linked throughout the DaSy Data System Framework pages.

The DaSy Center also has developed a resource with a set of critical questions that can be addressed with a high-quality data system.

Can I still use the original 2014 version of the Framework?

Yes, the 2014 DaSy Data System Framework and self assessment are still accessible.

Need help using the DaSy Framework?

States can contact the DaSy Center for technical assistance related to the DaSy framework.
We can, for example:

  • help with finding resources and with improvement activities
  • clarify the meaning of quality indicators and elements
  • provide support in using the self-assessment, such as, for example, facilitating a stakeholder process to complete the self-assessment or a strategic planning process to make use of the results.