Big data can be used for good, not bad. Here’s how, writes a Harvard specialist.
A recent Tampa Bay Timesinvestigation reported that the Pasco Sheriff’s Office “keeps a secret list of kids it thinks could ‘fall into a life of crime.’” Triangulating data from multiple public agencies, like...
Data and evidence leaders work together to close gaps for students and educators.
Cambridge, Mass. (October 13, 2020)—The Strategic Data Project (SDP), an initiative of the Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) at Harvard University, launched its twelfth cohort of SDP fellows, exemplary research and data leaders helping to transform education through the power of evidence. Through a...
With proven impact in K-12 policy and practice, SDP awarded planning grant to support college degree completion and more
Cambridge, MA (July 31, 2019)—The Strategic Data Project (SDP), an initiative of the Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) at Harvard University, has been awarded a planning grant from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) at the U.S. Department of Education to explore the need for data capacity and analytic support across...
What do you do when you build a preschool class—but many of the children never show up?
That's what happened at the Head Start program overseen by the Community Action Project of Tulsa in Oklahoma, or CAP Tulsa for short. In September 2016, 135 preschoolers—fully 20 percent of the program's Head Start population—never appeared at the start of the school year, even though their parents had enrolled them.
CAP Tulsa, as it has often done in the past, turned to data both to figure out the problem and devise a solution. And in doing so, it provided an example of how all of Head Start's 1,600 grantees are now expected to infuse data into their decisionmaking and continuous-improvement processes.
Former Cohort 7 Fellow and current SDP Supervisor, Michael LaMont, helps Atlanta Public School teachers obtain and use data to better understand and leverage their students. He has helped introduce new teacher dashboards which offers information for teachers at the classroom level.