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. Thus, SDP continues to invite applicants for its fellowship and institute programs. In accordance with our commitment to the communities we serve and Harvard University policies, we have however, made the difficult decision to postpone the in-person 2020 SDP Annual Convening. Additional detail about the postponement can be found here.

In lieu of an in-person convening, SDP will host an online virtual meeting for its current network members. The meeting will bring together education data leaders to grapple with the new challenges ahead, as well as reflect on the progress made this year. We will be in touch over the course of the week with additional information. 

We appreciate your patience as we navigate through the uncertainties resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. 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.