Laura and John Arnold Foundation launches $15 million competition to use evidence-based programs to “move the needle” on major social problems

HOUSTON, TX—As part of its effort to encourage governments to make decisions based on rigorous research and reliable evidence, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) today launched the Moving the Needle Competition, which will provide funding for state and local governments and nonprofit organizations that implement highly effective social programs in an effort to…

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CIDI’s Young Men’s Initiative (YMI) Disparity Report

“The Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence (CIDI), a research and policy center for the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, originally created this Disparity Report for the Young Men’s Initiative (YMI), a city-wide program designed specifically to enhance the wellbeing of young men of color. Since that time, we have realized that this…

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DQC National Summit: April 26 – Time to Act: Making Data Work for Students

The Data Quality Campaign will host a national summit, “Time to Act: Making Data Work for Students,” on Tuesday, April 26, in Washington, DC. Meeting our nation’s education goals is impossible without empowering those closest to students with the data they need to make decisions. At this summit, DQC will unveil a bold new vision…

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Ed Tech and Kathy Styles Discuss : Protecting Student Data

The Department of Education’s Kathleen Styles wants schools to proactively protect sensitive student information. The emergence of Big Data in education has created a paradox for K–12 schools. On one side, a tantalizing analytical engine by which to gauge student and institutional progress. On the other, a potential security threat that needs to be handled…

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AISP’s Whitney LeBoeuf talks with Knowledge @ Wharton about the Use of Big Data

Dan at Knowledge @ Wharton’s Business Radio talk show interviews AISP’s Research Associate, Whitney LeBoeuf, about the research she is involved in within Philadelphia, the AISP project, and UPenn’s GSE Child Research Center.  Whitney discusses how government agencies collect administrative data on individuals they serve which can then be harnessed by researchers to create a more…

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Passing the Privacy Test as Student Data Laws Take Effect

On January 1, 2016, “ SOPIPA”—the recently passed California student data privacy law that defines how edtech companies can use student data became effective. About 25 other states have passed similar laws that are already in effect, or will become effective. At the same time, more than 200 school service providers have now signed the…

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Webinar: Integrating early childhood data: What legislators need to know

The National Conference of State Legislatures hosted a webinar that focuses on how integrated early care and education data systems can inform policymakers and help answer questions about young children, families, programs, and services in their states. Accurate data are important to state legislators in understanding and improving program accountability, addressing service gaps, enhancing quality…

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Working with Administrative Data

The term administrative data refers to information about individual children, families, and/or providers of early care and education and other family benefits that is collected and maintained as part of the operation of government programs. The resources on this page were selected from a collection of resources about acquiring, using, managing, linking, and analyzing administrative…

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Allegheny County’s Research on Integrated Administrative Data That Improves Foster Care Outcomes is Highlighted in GovTech Article

“Sharing Data Key to Improving Foster Care Outcomes”  “An average of 32 percent of foster students change schools in a given year, making data sharing imperative to improving their educational success.” States that share data among child welfare and education agencies have a better chance of lessening some of the barriers foster care students face…

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Performance Partnership Pilots (P3)

The P3 solicitation was released yesterday, and Forum FYI has created a P3 Hub with all the information necessary for applying. The Federal Register announcement states, “The Partnership Pilots (P3) program…will enable up to ten pilot sites to test innovative, outcome-focused strategies to achieve significant improvements in educational, employment, and other key outcomes for disconnected youth…

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New TANF Data Measures Bolster a More Concrete Evaluation of Education Risk Factors

Washington State’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides financial assistance to low-income families and supports employment and economic self-sufficiency among parents. The state’s TANF program, WorkFirst, underwent a redesign in 2010 to focus on the needs of the whole family. Part of this redesign included a cross-agency workgroup overhauling the program’s performance measures…

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Data Makes High School Outcomes of Special Education Students Visible

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), in conjunction with the Research and Data Analysis Division (RDA), published a report detailing the experience of special education students as they transitioned from high school to adult life. Students with developmental disabilities can receive specialized transition services through the DSHS Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)…

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Administrative Data Documents Challenges of High-Needs Students

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), in collaboration with the Research and Data Analysis Division, recently released “School Works,” a study utilizing administrative data from multiple sources to measure the effects of frequent school mobility. It primarily takes data from INVEST, a cross-agency limited dataset containing data from the DSHS Integrated…

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Accessing Education Data

 An article posted on Education Week outlines how states and authorized databases need to enhance their education data sharing. Most often, data is provided to uncoordinated state and federal agencies where it sits unused, but appropriate access to data is essential to obtain social policy improvements. The Early Childhood Data Collaborative, an umbrella organization advocating…

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