How Does Data Management Impact Practitioner Decision Making?: Illustrations from Three Case Studies
In this 28-page publication, the authors present a general model for data collection and analysis that had been implemented into a number of charter schools. The first step is to collect data that are complete, valid, and reliable. The second step is to develop descriptive tools to use the data, and the third step is to connect the data to school decisions. The authors illustrate their model through three case studies, then conclude with two lessons learned as follows:
Develop data capture, process, and storage requirements through iterative and incremental use case conversations with schools; and
With the right tools, district staff can understand a school well enough to support meaningful decision-making at the student level.