Stakeholder Knowledge Toolkit: Building Knowledge about Data

State lead agencies for IDEA Part C (early intervention) and Part B 619 (early childhood special education) programs partner with stakeholders for many purposes, including collaborating on program improvement initiatives and preparing annual reports on program implementation. Data play a role in virtually every aspect of the administration of IDEA Part C and Part B 619 programs. This toolkit orients Part C and Part B 619 stakeholders to IDEA data and other data-related topics to help them meaningfully participate in conversations about programmatic issues and decisions.

  • Part C and 619 staff are encouraged to share this toolkit with stakeholders as a self-guided resource and/or use it with stakeholders in a facilitated manner.
  • Stakeholders can build upon the introductory knowledge gained from using this toolkit by seeking opportunities to learn more about their states’ IDEA data.
  • Participating in conversations about how their state collects, analyzes, and uses data to improve results for children and families will provide stakeholders with a deeper understanding of the topics addressed in this toolkit.
  • The Introduction (first tile below) provides general information on how to use the toolkit.
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Stakeholder Knowledge: Data as Information
Stakeholder Knowledge: IDEA Section 618 Data
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Icon: Data Privacy & Confidentiality
Stakeholder Knowledge: Cross-Program/Agency Data Linkages


Critical Stakeholder Groups: State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC) and State Advisory Panel (SAP)
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that each state establish a State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC) for the purpose of advising the Part C lead agency in the implementation of its early intervention program. Depending on the state, the scope of the SICC may include the Part B 619 program. Similarly, IDEA requires that each state establish a State Advisory Panel (SAP) to advise on the implementation of Part B (ages 3-21) special education programs. Stakeholders represented on SICCs and SAPs include but are not limited to:
  • Families
  • Local service providers
  • Personnel preparation representatives (e.g., faculty from institutions of higher education)
  • Staff from programs that partner with Part C and Part B 619 to serve children with disabilities and their families throughout the community, e.g., public health programs


Connections to DaSy Data System Framework

Stakeholder Engagement Subcomponent/Quality Indicator 2b: Part C/619 state staff provide stakeholders with the necessary information to provide input on the issues or decisions under consideration.

Data Use Subcomponent/Quality Indicator 6a: Part C/619 state staff or representatives provide multiple resources and tools for a variety of data users to facilitate access to data and to support data use.


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