SISEP eNotes: June 2014

Date Published: 2014-06-27


SISEP eNotes

Notes, News and Discussion from the
State Implementation & Scaling-up of Evidence-Based Practices Project

June 2014

Got Data?

Decision Support Data Systems for Education Action Planning

The school year has ended and it’s time to take a data deep dive. Many of us find ourselves inundated by student outcome data this time of year. Still, it’s important to leverage data for action planning for the upcoming school year.  Do you have the performance and process data you need to do implementation action planning?

To be useful, different types of data need to be collected, analyzed, and reported over time and across actionable levels (e.g., process, performance, and outcomes).  Data should be available from the classroom, grade, school, and districts levels. Data from multiple levels ensures needs can be identified, improvement plans can be generated and progress can be celebrated.

Many times it’s the Implementation Team (with the support of state, district, and school leadership) that conducts data collection, data analysis, and action planning. To maximize intended outcomes and benefits of programs and practices, data collection is:

Assessments that are more frequent mean more opportunities for improving instruction, innovations, and implementation supports.
Data are most useful when items and measures are relevant to student learning support.
Each item on each measure can be included in an action plan and implemented in the education setting.

Action plans ensure data systems support decision-making. At a minimum, action plans should outline:

  • the data to be collected
  • the data collection schedule
  • who will collect the data
  • how the data will be collected, analyzed, and reported, and
  • who will utilize the results for action planning, and for what purposes

Learn More: Module 2: Implementation Drivers - Decision Support Data Systems


Evaluation and Planning Tools


To facilitate data collection and action planning in your school and district, the SISEP Center offers a variety of evaluation and planning tools.  Here are a few you and your team might find useful.

  • Implementation Drivers: Assessing Best Practices
    Implementation Drivers are the key components of capacity and the infrastructure supports that enable a program’s success. This assessment tool can be used by  Implementation Teams during any Implementation Stage to rate implementation supports currently in place.
  • Implementation Drivers: Action Plan
    Action planning around the Implementation Drivers is a vital and ongoing responsibility of Implementation Teams. This planning tool is designed to help your teams in the action planning process.
  • Stages of Implementation Analysis: Where Are We?
    All implementation stage-based assessments are now merged into one tool. This planning tool provides an implementation team the opportunity to assess, plan and track stage-based activities and improve the success of implementation efforts EBPs/EIIs across stages.


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