Data Use is the understanding and application of data to make decisions on program management and improvement.
This resource guide promotes professional development for local programs to support the use of accurate and reliable data for decision making and program improvement.
The 2009 Summer Training focused on the characteristics and essential elements of data use learning communities at the state and local level. Training materials include a companion guide to the training, learning community pre- and post- needs assessment surveys, the PowerPoint presentation with facilitator’s notes and corresponding handouts, and other resources.
This year's Summer Training dealt with using NRS data to improve program quality through a four step continuous improvement process for building and sustaining change. Materials include a Guide, a PowerPoint presentation and related training acitivity handouts, an Excel Data Planning Tool, and other resources on goal setting, evaluation and program monitoring.
2007 March Training – Demonstrating Results: Developing State and Local Report Cards for Adult Education
The 2007 March Training was a repeat of the 2005 summer institute (see below). Using updated materials, the training provided guidance to select state teams to develop their own state and local report cards for accountability. Materials include tools and templates to use in developing report cards.
Guide on Data Use (archived)
This guide provides an overview of how to use data to inform decisions that affect state and local programs. [See also Data Use training and materials]
2006 Summer Training -- Learning to be an NRS Data Detective: The Five Sides of the NRS
The regional trainings addressed several aspects of the NRS including data collection procedures and requirements, improving data quality, using data for NRS, and program monitoring for data quality and use.
2005 Summer Institute -- Demonstrating Results: Developing State and Local Report Cards for Adult Education
The 2005 Summer Institute provided guidance to select state teams to develop their own State and Local report cards for accountability. Materials include tools and templates to use in developing report cards.
Using NRS Data
In this online course you will gain an understanding of how to use NRS data and learn basic techniques on using NRS data to assist in the analysis of educational program(s) data. (Users will be required to log in to access this course.)
Scenarios (extended courses for local administrators)
Picking up where Using NRS Data left off, the scenarios share in-depth techniques on using NRS data to assist in the analysis of educational programs. (Users will be required to log in to access this course.)
Data Use Guide Training Courses
This 8-part online course will walk you through the information provided in the Data Use Guide. (Users will be required to log in to access this course.)
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