Strategic Data Project

(2015). SDP College-Going Diagnostic for Wake County Public School System . Strategic Data Project.Abstract

In 2011, the Strategic Data Project (SDP) began a partnership with the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS). As part of this partnership, SDP collaborated with WCPSS to analyze patterns of high school students’ on-track status, graduation, college enrollment, and college persistence. This set of high-leverage, policy-relevant analyses constitutes the SDP College-Going Diagnostic.

Upcoming Event Focuses on College Going in Kentucky

August 17, 2015

(Frankfort, KY) – On Monday, August 17, the Kentucky Department of Education, in partnership with the Strategic Data Project (an initiative of the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University), 55,000 Degrees, the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence and Jefferson Co. Schools will hold a news briefing and discussion on college going in Kentucky.... Read more about Upcoming Event Focuses on College Going in Kentucky

(2015). SDP College-Going Diagnostic for Kentucky . Strategic Data Project, Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University. Publisher's VersionAbstract

The Strategic Data Project (SDP) and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) collaborated on the SDP College-Going Diagnostic—a set of policy-relevant analyses that track Kentucky public school students’ graduation from high school through enrollment and persistence in college. This interactive report highlights the key findings from this research collaboration and is designed to facilitate exploration across important student characteristics.

(2013). SDP Toolkit for Effective Data Use . Strategic Data Project. Learn more and download [SDP website]Abstract

The SDP Toolkit for Effective Data Use is a resource guide for education agency analysts who collect and analyze data on student achievement. Completing the toolkit produces a set of basic, yet essential, human capital and college-going analyses that every education agency should have as a foundation to inform strategic management and policy decisions.

(2015). Changing the Culture of Data Use in Delaware:How State Leaders Used Analytics to Create Education Policies That Matter . Strategic Data Project.Abstract

This case illustrates how the work of leaders and analysts in the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) and the agency’s partnership with the Strategic Data Project (SDP), a program of the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University, created momentum for statewide policy change.  By exploring Delaware leaders’ use of data and analytics to challenge assumptions and inform the development of better policies and practices, the case illustrates the importance of leadership, analytic and technical competency, and strategic partnerships when leading education reform.  The case specifically highlights the power of human capital analytics to diagnose the current status of Delaware’s educator pipeline, from preparation through development and retention, and how effectively communicating with these analyses built coalitions of support and drove a culture of data use at both the state and district level.
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SDP Fellowship Applications Now Available

January 5, 2015

The Strategic Data Project (SDP) is now accepting applications for Cohort 7 of the SDP Fellowship program. The anticipated start date for the two-year program is Monday, September 14, 2015. 

The SDP Fellowship is a premier professional development experience led by an accomplished team at the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University. The two-year program develops talented data strategists in school systems, state education departments, and nonprofit providers. By participating in the fellowship, both fellows and their host agencies will...

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Marguerite Roza

Marguerite Roza

SDP Fellowship Faculty Advisor
Senior Research Affiliate; Director
Center on Reinventing Public Education, University of Washington; Edunomics Lab, Georgetown University
Andrew Rice

Andrew Rice

SDP Fellowship Faculty Advisor
Chief Operating Officer
Education Analytics
Sarah Reber

Sarah Reber

SDP Fellowship Faculty Advisor
Associate Professor of Public Policy
Department of Public Policy, University of California, Los Angeles
Meredith Phillips

Meredith Phillips

SDP Fellowship Faculty Advisor
Associate Professor of Public Policy and Sociology
Department of Public Policy, University of California, Los Angeles
John Papay

John Papay

Affiliated Researcher; SDP Fellowship Faculty Advisor
Associate Professor of Education and Economics
Department of Education, Brown University

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