DaSy Products: Blog Posts

This page offers “Words to the Wise” on how DaSy products can support your data system work, as well as other blog posts produced by the DaSy team.

Blog Posts

Are You Turning Data into Insight? Are You Turning Data into Insight?Authors: Cornelia Taylor and Denise Mauzy, SRI International “The goal is to turn data into information and information into insight.” — Carly Fiorina, former chief executive officer and chair of Hewlett-Packard Company We live in a data-rich world. But having data doesn’t always ... Read more

How to Build a “Data Culture”??? How to Build a "Data Culture"???This short blog post from Whole Whale identifies three key components for building a Data Culture and outlined the role that each play in the process. It’s a helpful introduction to data culture for organizations that are just beginning ... Read more

Good stuff at #ECIDEA18: COS process training resources Good stuff at #ECIDEA18:  COS process training resourcesThe Child Outcomes Summary (COS) process is a team process for summarizing information on a child’s functioning in each of the three child outcome areas using a 7-point scale. With the COS process, a team of individuals who are familiar ... Read more

Complete your Data Story with Qualitative Data Complete your Data Story with Qualitative DataThe most important goal of collecting, analyzing, and sharing data is to inspire action and the most effective way of inspiring action is to engage in data story-telling. When you tell a story using data, you need to understand not ... Read more

Innovative funding for early childhood programs? Yes, please! Innovative funding for early childhood programs?  Yes, please!A new funding approach is being explored to support services for young children with disabilities and their families. PFS is an innovative financing model that tests and advances promising and proven interventions. Across a number of sectors, programs and private ... Read more

Telling your data story with an infographic: It’s easier than you think! Telling your data story with an infographic: It’s easier than you think!Do you have a great data story to tell? Do you need to communicate your data story concisely and clearly to a diverse audience? If so, an infographic is your answer and our upcoming conference session, can help. Whether ... Read more

The Perils of Confusing Performance Measurement with Program Evaluation The Perils of Confusing Performance Measurement with Program EvaluationA group of researchers recently published a paper critiquing the child outcomes performance indicator for Part C and Part B 619. They also presented some of their thoughts in a recent webinar sponsored by the Association of University Centers on ... Read more

The Future is Data Linking The Future is Data LinkingThis infographic, which supported our January 2018 webinar of the same name, identifies the types of agencies that Part C and Part B 619 data systems may benefit from linking with. Agencies include: Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EDHI) Maternal, Infant, and Early ... Read more

Engaging Families in Early Childhood Data Initiatives Engaging Families in Early Childhood Data InitiativesData-driven decision-making is transforming education and family services, from personalized learning plans for individual children, to school-level program development, to state-wide systemic changes. As our systems move towards data-driven decision-making on all fronts, the education leaders, policy-makers, and researchers can’t ... Read more

Early Childhood Special Education and ESSA Early Childhood Special Education and ESSAIn the latest Early ED in ESSA blog, our co-directors Donna Spiker and Kathy Hebbeler and our friends Sharon Walsh and Debbie Cate from the ECTA Center explain how states and districts can prioritize the inclusion of children with disabilities ... Read more

Who is Linking Part C and Part B 619 Data? Look to the Maps! Who is Linking Part C and Part B 619 Data?  Look to the Maps!In discussions with our state partners around data linking, a question we often hear at the DaSy Center is, “What are other states doing?” In order to provide information about what other states/territories are doing, the DaSy Center has ... Read more

What does it take to create a good RFP for a new data system? What does it take to create a good RFP for a new data system? Sorry, your data system will not perform as desired forever. Requirements, technology, expectations all change. Even with the best maintenance, your data system will eventually become antiquated. Replacing it may require a Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit interested vendors. ... Read more

Double-Check Federal Privacy Requirements before You Link Double-Check Federal Privacy Requirements before You Link As you plan to link data, be sure you check federal privacy requirements for sharing personally identifiable information (PII). One very helpful resource to consider is Understanding the Confidentiality Requirements Applicable to IDEA Early Childhood Programs Frequently Asked Questions ... Read more

Linking Data Between Part C and Part B 619 Resource Collection Linking Data Between Part C and Part B 619 Resource CollectionThis Special Collection includes all of the resources shared during Linking Week, including: infographics a video blogs useful products from TA Centers webinar presentations and recordings We will add to this collection as we find new resources. Link to Resource Collection Read more

Linking Early Childhood Data Linking Early Childhood DataThis infographic from DaSy’s 2017 Focus on Linking Part C and Part B 619 Data week offers an illustration of some important steps for states to consider when linking data between Early Intervention (EI) and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE). ... Read more

Where are the Data? Where are the Data?This infographic from DaSy’s 2017 Focus on Linking Part C and Part B 619 Data week offers illustrations of four different scenarios for housing Early Intervention (EI) and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) data in a state. It can be ... Read more

Part C and Part B 619 Data: A commitment worth making Part C and Part B 619 Data:  A commitment worth makingIn February of 2016, the state-driven Linking Part C and Part B 619 Cohort began with the hope of joining or “wedding” data from these two programs to address program and policy questions such as planning for and implementing smooth ... Read more

How DaSy’s Critical Questions Can Support Your Linking Efforts How DaSy's Critical Questions Can Support Your Linking EffortsThis short video describes how a team might use DaSy’s Critical Questions to support their linking work. For more information, visit our Critical Questions. Read more

Linking Week Day Four: Ensuring Privacy Linking Week Day Four:  Ensuring PrivacyA major priority when linking data is ensuring that Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is protected. Today’s resources can help you ensure privacy while connecting your data sources: Today’s Stay on the linking path: Don’t forget privacy webinar features guidance from the ... Read more

Benefiting from the Lessons Learned When Integrating Early Childhood Data Benefiting from the Lessons Learned When Integrating Early Childhood Data Many states are pursuing linkages of early childhood program data (e.g., Part C, Part B 619, Head Start, QRIS) to improve services for young children and families. As you plan to link your Part C and Part B 619 ... Read more

Linking Week Day Five: All About Those Resources Linking Week Day Five:  All About Those ResourcesLearning effective practices around linking is great in the moment, but can you access that knowledge when you’re ready to act? Today’s resources are intended to provide you with access to helpful resources when you need them: Our Linking it ... Read more

Linking Week Day Three: State Stories Linking Week Day Three:  State StoriesToday’s Linking Data resources offer information about states who are working to link their data: Linking to Facilitate Transition Notification shares lessons learned by Kansas and Wisconsin around linking data for effective transition notification. State of the States on Linking Data is ... Read more

Linking to Facilitate Transition Notification Linking to Facilitate Transition NotificationWith the focus this week on linking data between Part C and Part B 619, it is helpful to look at states that have already begun the linking process through innovative methods of sharing data for transition notification. In ... Read more

State of the States on Linking Data State of the States on Linking DataThis infographic from DaSy’s 2017 Focus on Linking Part C and Part B 619 Data week offers data from our 2015 state survey on which states are linking EI and ECSE data, what proportion of states use the same unique ... Read more

Linking Data Week Day Two: Critical Questions — Why Link? Linking Data Week Day Two:  Critical Questions -- Why Link?Today, our Linking Data resources focus on how linking can help you to answer important questions about early intervention and early childhood special education programs and services: Answer the Question! explores the types of questions that you will be able to ... Read more

Answer the Question! Answer the Question!What people think of as the moment of discovery is really the discovery of the question. – Jonas Salk Questions—ones that get at important topics that are meaningful to Early Intervention (EI) and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) state agencies—are often ... Read more

Linking Day 1: Data Governance and Technology Considerations Linking Day 1:  Data Governance and Technology Considerations Today, we focus on helping Part C and 619 think through the data governance and technology considerations related to linking data. New resources include an infographic showing the steps needed to successfully link data and a mini-webinar in which ... Read more

So you submitted your Phase III SSIP report… What now? So you submitted your Phase III SSIP report… What now? Look no further than our new State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) evaluation resource special collection! In order to increase visibility and access to the range of SSIP resources on other center pages, DaSy has developed a special collection section on ... Read more

Oh, the stories you can find in our maps! Oh, the stories you can find in our maps!We at Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy Center) are data fiends. We love this quote: Data, I think, is one of the most powerful mechanisms for telling stories. I take a huge pile of data and ... Read more

Wondering how to put together a Data Sharing Agreement? We can help! Wondering how to put together a Data Sharing Agreement?  We can help!Our Data Sharing Agreement Checklist summarizes the requirements for the written agreements under the audit or evaluation exception that is specified in FERPA and that also applies to the IDEA for Part C early intervention and Part B 619 preschool ... Read more

HIPAA protections for child data HIPAA protections for child data Wondering if the data you collect is covered by HIPAA? We can help! Our Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Frequently Asked Questions document provides an orientation to HIPAA for Part C and Part B 619 agencies ... Read more

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