Data and Outcomes

Data and Outcomes

We know it's important that college access/success programs are able to demonstrate that their programs and interventions are having a real measurable impact on the students and communities they serve. But many of us run the other way when we hear the words data, benchmarking, measuring, impact, evaluation, etc.


In an effort to help our members increase their level of comfort with data and data use, NCAN has several tools available.

NCAN’s Common Measures

The Common Measures are a research-backed, member-developed set of college access and success indicators. Members should use the Common Measures to identify metrics for measuring program outcomes.

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The Benchmarking Project

A collaborative effort between NCAN and its members, the Benchmarking Project examines the postsecondary outcomes of students served by college access and success programs and compares them nationally.

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Data and Evaluation Toolkit

A collection of resources related to various research, data, and evaluation topics. Examples include logic modeling, program evaluation, comparisons of data platforms, and more.

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Driving Toward Program Improvement: Principles & Practices for Getting Started with Data

In this report, you’ll find best practices for building a data-driven mindset, refining your logic model, adopting data management practices, building your capacity, and more.

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Roadmap for Tracking Your Student Results: College Access/Success Data & Systems

In this report, you’ll get a review of some foundational steps, frameworks for data management with a system, analysis methods, and more.

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NCAN Benchmarking Project Data Hub

A collection of interactive dashboards and visualizations drawing on data from NCAN’s Benchmarking Project. These dashboards include data from more than 100 programs and 450,000 students.

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