[Assessment 1489] Re: Using Data: Where to Start?

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Luffman, Tina, Ellen Tina.Luffman at yc.edu
Mon Dec 8 18:34:49 EST 2008


Hi Marie,

The Leadership Excellence Academy is a training that states request to offer to their administrators/coordinators. The state pays a fee for each person to participate. The course is free to the programs and participants, at least that is how it has been done in Arizona.

Thanks,

Tina
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From: assessment-bounces at nifl.gov [assessment-bounces at nifl.gov] On Behalf Of Marie Cora [marie.cora at hotspurpartners.com]
Sent: Monday, December 08, 2008 4:20 PM
To: 'The Assessment Discussion List'
Subject: [Assessment 1487] Re: Using Data: Where to Start?

Hi Debbie and Tina,

I completely agree: it’s not often that you just want to start with a pile of data. Debbie’s idea of identifying a “burning question” is a perfect hook to go digging around for what data will tell you more about what you want to know.

Occasionally, programs do just start with some of their data, although almost always there is a particular focus. So for example, a program that is really trying hard to consistently and accurately keep records of attendance may wish to review the data on a monthly basis. They might be reviewing the data to check accuracy – but then they suddenly note that attendance is slipping for a particular age group – and so they investigate further to see what the real story is.

If you end up taking the Module 1 online course on Data Collection and Management (see Resources of Interest in the announcement), it discusses the various ways that data can inform, confirm, or dispute perceptions.

Debbie – you asked about sources of assessment surveys – and I do not have a particular source. We have developed 2 program self assessments for the initiative – one on Data Collection and Management, and one on Data Analysis for Program Decision-Making (both of which can be found at the announcement URL); in addition, we are now developing a program self assessment for the upcoming Module Communicating Success to Stakeholders. I will share this last one with you all when it’s ready.

Tina shared a good resource – the program assessment from the Leadership Excellence Academy – Tina, is that resource free/available to the public?

Others: do you know of program assessments that you can share with the List? I can compile the suggestions and make them available to everyone.

Thanks, marie


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From: assessment-bounces at nifl.gov [mailto:assessment-bounces at nifl.gov] On Behalf Of Tinajero, Debbie
Sent: Monday, December 08, 2008 1:59 PM
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Subject: [Assessment 1477] Re: Using Data: Where to Start?

I agree with this, Tina. Using data for data’s sake is not a way to start. You have to have a specific idea of what you want to know before you dig in. Ask your staff what their biggest burning question is. If they have different ideas, prioritize them together and then start looking for all the different kinds of places where you might find data to help you find the answer. State database? Your program’s data? Attendance records?

Marie – do you have a quick access source for different kinds of surveys?

Debbie Tinajero
Pima County Adult Probation LEARN
Tucson, AZ

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From: assessment-bounces at nifl.gov [mailto:assessment-bounces at nifl.gov] On Behalf Of Luffman, Tina, Ellen
Sent: December 8, 2008 11:19 AM
To: The Assessment Discussion List
Subject: [Assessment 1476] Re: Using Data: Where to Start?

Hi Marie,

I recently went through the Leadership Excellence Academy with Kathi Polis and Lennox McClendon, and we started with various self-assessment options. The academy felt that beginning with assessing the felt needs of the students, teachers, administrators, and stakeholders was a great way to determine what else needed to be done in our program. Then we used these self-assessments to decide what data we needed to review for purposes of program improvement. I am not sure if this is what you were looking for, but this is what came to mind.

Thanks,

Tina
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From: assessment-bounces at nifl.gov [assessment-bounces at nifl.gov] On Behalf Of Marie Cora [marie.cora at hotspurpartners.com]
Sent: Monday, December 08, 2008 6:50 AM
To: 'The Assessment Discussion List'
Subject: [Assessment 1474] Using Data: Where to Start?
A subscriber sent:
We would like to have more of a focus on data in our program, but it’s so difficult to know where to start – we could work on so many different aspects of the program. Does the panel have recommendations of what to tackle first, second, etc? Or recommendations on how to decide what to do first?




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