NCAN and Exponent Partners Release Two-Part Series on Being Data-Driven

September 13, 2016

Bill DeBaun, Director of Data and Evaluation

This week, NCAN and Exponent Partners released a two-part white paper series that aims to assist NCAN member organizations in becoming more data-driven. NCAN members have increasingly incorporated research, data, and evaluation into their critical work of serving low-income, first-generation students on their way to postsecondary college access and success. The white papers can be found at NCAN’s Data and Evaluation Toolkit, a useful collection of resources anchored by NCAN’s Common Measures.

The first paper in the series, written by NCAN, is titled Driving Toward Program Improvement: Principles and Practices for Getting Started With Data. Here you’ll find best practices for building a data-driven mindset, refining your logic model, adopting data management practices, building your capacity, and more. This white paper includes insights from NCAN members CollegeTracks, the SEED Foundation, the Emily Krzyzewski Center, and the Options Center at Goddard Riverside Community Center.

The second paper, written by Exponent Partners, is titled Roadmap for Tracking Your Student Results: Program Data & Systems and is perfect for member organizations looking to increase the sophistication of their data collection, management, and use. This paper includes a review of some foundational steps, frameworks for data management with a system, analysis methods, and more. This paper includes insights from NCAN members AchieveMPLS, Higher Edge, and the LA Promise Fund, and Spark.

NCAN members have indicated their interest in and demand for more research-, data-, and evaluation-related resources. We have heard you loud and clear! We will continue to expand the Data and Evaluation Toolkit with more white papers, guides, and webinars. In the meantime, if you have specific data-related questions, please reach out to me.

Big thanks to Exponent Partners for their collaboration on this white paper series. Exponent Partners builds technology for education organizations to build capacity, improve reporting, understand organizational results, and direct resources to better programs and services. Their solutions help to manage people, processes, and outcomes on the Salesforce platform. Through their technology, education organizations manage student and alumni data tracking, recruit staff and teachers, track applications and program enrollment, integrate with HR and accounting systems, evaluate student outcomes, and more. As a B Corp and a California Benefit Corporation, they pursue their mission to make the social sector more effective by delivering insights that create impact.



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