Toolkit for Effective Data Use

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.

The human capital edition* of the toolkit will give users insight into teacher recruitment, placement, evaluation, development, and retention. The college-going edition provides analytics for for on-time graduation trends, postsecondary enrollment, and persistence.  The toolkit also provides information about the application of general business rules for defining key data elements.

The SDP Toolkit includes:

  • step-by-step instructions on collecting, cleaning, and analyzing student achievement and high school performance data;
  • content for producing the SDP Strategic Performance Indicators The Novice Teacher Placement PatternThe Effective Teacher Retention Rate, and The Off-Track Status in High School;
  • template Stata .do files that serve as a shell for users to fill in and easily download;
  • dummy data sets that will support completion of the toolkit as analysts work through various exercises; and
  • an easy to read layout in which the logic is more platform and code independent.

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The toolkit consists of five components, each mapped against a stage in the data collection and analysis process:
Identify Identify essential data elements for analysing student achievement.

SDP Data Specification Guide: Successful data analysis begins with proper identification of data elements necessary to answer key questions of interest.
Clean Clean, check, and build variables for your data set.

SDP Data Building Tasks: Upon collecting essential data elements you must ensure that the data can be reliably used in future analyses.
Connect Connect relevant data sets from different sources.

SDP Linking Guide: Now that you've collected data and cleaned your data, you must merge the files together to create an analysis file.
Analyze Analyze your data sets.

SDP Analysis Guide: The final step in the SDP Toolkit for Effective Data Use is to analyze the data you've identified, cleaned, and connected.

Adopt
Adopt best practices to facilitate shared and replicable data analysis.

SDP Coding Style Guide: To ensure that statistical code is easily shared across a team and is replicable by future users, SDP and CEPR recommend that you follow best coding, programming, and data management practices.

SDP Toolkit Webinars
TOPIC FILES
Human Capital Edition, Beta Version Presentation
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College-Going Edition, Version 1.1 Presentation
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Introduction to Toolkit (College-Going Edition), 
Identify
: Data Specification Guide, and 
Adopt
: Coding Style Guide
Presentation
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Clean: Data Building Tasks
          (College-Going Edition)
Presentation
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Connect: Data Linking Guide: College-Going Success
              (College-Going Edition)
Presentation
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Analyze: College-Going Success Analysis Guide
              (College-Going Edition)

Presentation
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See also: Resource