In order to drive greater postsecondary attainment, community stakeholders need good data. But accessible, high-quality data are often hard to find.
In an effort to support community-based collaborations on data use among key sectors-education, business, policy, and nonprofit and community organizations-the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) has developed a tactical guidebook to explain how some local communities have overcome such obstacles to use data effectively to advance postsecondary attainment.
THE GUIDEBOOK INCLUDES:
Fact sheets on national and voluntary data collections to learn where to find data
Interviews with community leaders about their data tools, including their intended purpose, lessons learned, and tactical advice on implementation and collaborative work
Manuals and templates to explain how to develop tools and to highlight how communities already are using them
An animation, created in collaboration with StriveTogether and the Data Quality Campaign, that highlights successful strategies for building community data-sharing agreements
Additional resources with examples of other tools and more information on their implementation
Whether you're interested in student-level or community-level data, this guidebook is for you. If you want to learn more about different data tools that communities are using to support students and improve educational outcomes, this guidebook will help you understand how you could potentially adopt these tools in your own communities.