The Strategic Data Project first launched in 2008 with a focus on partnering with PK12 Institutions. In 2019, SDP expanded to support higher education and postsecondary organizations. Today, SDP continues to work across the PK12 and Higher Education sectors to use data and evidence to transform student outcomes from early education through workforce

SDP by the Numbers

SDP Impact Map

How We Make a Difference

SDP fellows and partners are at the forefront of analyzing data and implementing innovative solutions to our most pressing education challenges.

Young Woman Headshot

While an SDP Fellow at Chicago Public Schools, Meghan Lane noticed an increased demand for substitute teachers in Chicago Public Schools was leaving an average of 350 classroom substitute teacher requests unfilled each school day. The large majority of these schools were serving racially diverse and economically disadvantaged students. Lane looked to the data to understand substitute preferences, identify schools with low fill rates, and developed a stipend program to incentivize substitute teachers to work in the schools with historically higher empty classrooms.

Woman Headshot

While an SDP Fellow at the Pennsylvania State System for Higher Education, Sue Mukherjee merged student data with employment data to shed light on how post-secondary institutions can best respond to students and workforce needs. Her work brought to light new data points to inform institutional decisionmaking, such as an institution-specific crosswalk is a key tool for viewing the real time connections of education programs with the labor market; a database linking career trajectories of alumni; and new indicators for program outcomes.

Impact Areas

With SDP’s support, fellows execute data and analytic projects across various topic areas.

ruler icon
Measuring Early Learning
Learn More

Rethinking Education Delivery
Learn More

bridge icon
Closing Opportunity & Achievement Gaps
Learn More

employees icon
Growing Talent
Learn More

map icon
Postsecondary and P20W
Learn More


handshake icon
Improving Climate & Culture
Learn More

cash icon
Equitable and Strategic Education Finance
Learn More

SDP Fellow Alumni Pathways

After completing the SDP Fellowship, our fellows go on to exciting careers in the field of education and more than 65% of them continue employment with their placement agencies. Our fellows’ career pathways following the fellowship include:

Young Man Headshot
Richard Bowman
Chief Information Officer
Albuquerque Public Schools

Young Woman Headshot
Sade Bonilla
Assistant Professor
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

headshot of a man
Matthew Lenard
Doctoral Candidate
Harvard University

Young Woman Headshot
Akisha Osei-Sarfo
Director of Research
Council of the Great City Schools