Education Data Can Make a Difference

The mission of the Strategic Data Project is to transform the use of data in education to improve student achievement.  SDP brings together an inspiring network of education leaders, Harvard-affiliated researchers, and data strategists and gives them the tools and training to lead evidence-informed change.

Who We Are

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 agencies to diagnose education gaps and measure promising solutions.

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.