[Assessment 1477] Re: Using Data: Where to Start?

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Tinajero, Debbie dptinajero at sc.pima.gov
Mon Dec 8 13:59:06 EST 2008

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

Debbie Tinajero

Pima County Adult Probation LEARN

Tucson, AZ


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.




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?

Marie Cora, Moderator

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