Transform Your Use of Education Data

Harvard's Strategic Data Project works with education agencies to find and train data leaders to uncover trends, measure solutions, and effectively communicate evidence to stakeholders. Our inspiring network of system leaders, fellows, and faculty come together to share how to best use data to make a difference in the lives of students.

Who We Are

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the need for education data leaders is more urgent than ever. In accordance with our commitment to the communities we serve and Harvard University policies, we have made the decision to move SDP Covening to a virtual format. 

Virtual SDP Annual Convening will bring together education data leaders to grapple with the new challenges ahead, as well as reflect on the progress made this year. Network members should have received an invitation to RSVP for the virtual event. If you did not receive an invitation, please contact Jay Smack.

We continue to be excited about the opportunity to connect, learn, and share together at Convening. If you have any questions, we encourage you to visit the COVID-19 FAQ webpage.

Our Approach

Find Top Quantitative Talent

We recruit and place analytic talent in partner organizations to support and influence education policy and practice.

Develop Education Data Leaders

We train data strategists and research professionals to build a culture of data-use and lead with evidence.

Build and Share Analytic Tools 

We create and share tools that make it easier for education leaders to diagnose gaps, measure promising solutions, and visualize progress.

Our Programs


SDP Fellowship Program

A two-year program for education agencies and data strategists committed to making a measurable difference in education

Explore the SDP Fellowship

SDP Institute Training

SDP Institute for Leadership in Analytics

A week-long workshop for education data leaders to strengthen their skillsets at Harvard

Attend an Institute

Custom Training

Custom Workshops

Leverage our expertise in problem solving, strategic planning, education analytics, and data leadership for your school system, organization, department, or team

Request a training

Our Impact


Passaic Public Schools

As far back as elementary school, some students are already less likely to graduate high school on time. Our partners in Passaic used data to keep them on track.

Student Working

Baltimore County Public Schools

Students’ perceptions of their teachers and schools matter. Our partners in Baltimore set out measure those perceptions and use them to drive system improvements.


Albuquerque Public Schools

What does it take to build trusted teacher evaluation systems? Our partners in Albuquerque designed and conducted an evaluation and compensation pilot to find out.