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Using Data for Improvement

This workshop session, offered as a pre-conference session each spring at the Carnegie Summit on Improvement in Education, provides an introduction to approaches for using measurement and data to support improvement. This workshop is fee-based.

Schools have made significant headway in collecting data on student learning in the interest of informing change. But how do we embed data collection and use data in ongoing processes to continuously improve practices and performance? The nature of the data and the processes in which they are used need to be shaped to support continuous quality improvement.

This one-day learning session explores how to develop and use measurement and data to support improvement. Participants will also learn how to use data to examine variation and understand systems, how creating a system of measures supports improvement plans, and how tests of change can be  evaluated to determine if they are improvements. They will also learn about the related resources and routines that underpin effective data use.

After this session, participants will be able to:

  • Understand how to use data and  measures to see systems more clearly, understand problems more deeply, and attend to variation in performance.
  • Consider what types of measures should be used to constitute a system of measures that can support improvement by determining which change ideas are most effective.
  • Understand how to work with partners and within NICs to design, develop, refine, and implement common measures focused on a specific theory of improvement.