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Data Quality and Data Use

Data Quality refers to the collection of relevant, accurate data that can help program staff answer questions about recruitment, retention, and effectiveness of their programs and components. Data Use refers to the use of quality data to improve program performance. This section includes examples of products to help you with data quality and data use.

NRS Targeted Training: Defining Adult Education Under WIOA: Messaging With Infographics
This guide and its related training seek to provide an overview of WIOA, focusing on the role of partnerships between adult education; the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Education, and the Rehabilitative Services Administration; and other agencies identified within WIOA. The goal of the guide and the training is to help states define their adult education programs as valuable and central partners in implementing education and training through the WIOA framework.

The Power of Data Visualization: Advanced Presentations of NRS Data
This guide and its related training seek to bring the NRS into the world of data visualization. The training focuses on two popular and powerful visualization tools: data dashboards and infographics. The training promotes the use of these tools to convey more powerful and effective messages about state or local programs using NRS data.

NRS Myth Busters: The Truth About Adult Education
This collection of tools enables states to use NRS data to address an evaluation or research topic that will inform practice and improve programs. This training promotes the quality and use of data collected under the National Reporting System for Adult Education.

NRS Evaluation Learning Community (ELC)
In 2011, project staff organized the NRS Evaluation Learning Committee (ELC), a group of states committed to conducting research using NRS data. The states, selected through a competitive application process, developed research plans, conducted research and analyses, and presented their findings to the field. During the year-long ELC, states collaborated to share information, approaches, and findings. ELC training materials and links to ELC member presentations on their work can be found online.

Diving Deep Into the Local NRS Pool: Attendance, Educational Gain, and Transition Outcomes

This collection of tools allows state and local program administrators to analyze the core NRS outcome measure of educational gain, the four follow-up transition measures, and student attendance. Additional materials support planning for program improvement.


The Local Connection: Building a Data Use Learning Community

Learn about the characteristics and essential elements of data use learning communities at the state and local levels. Training materials include a companion guide to the training, learning community pre- and post-needs assessment surveys, and other resources.

Building and Sustaining Quality in NRS Data: Strategies for Program Improvement

A guide, training materials, and useful tools create a 4-step continuous program improvement process for building and sustaining change.

Data Quality Guide, Training, and Self-Assessment Checklist

A guide and training materials are available to help state and local programs clarify the data collection process and ensure the collection of quality data. We also offer an online course that helps the user understand what goes on at each level of the NRS.

NRS Data Flow Online Course
Learn who does what with the NRS Data, where it comes from, where it goes, and how it gets there. Upon completion of this course, you should be able to give a detailed account of what goes on at each level of the NRS. Users will be required to log in to access this course.

Data Detective Templates, Training, and Guide

Learn to be a Data Detective with materials from this training, which provide guidance on the policies and procedures for collecting and using data as well as tools that help state and local staff question and analyze data in three areas: assessment, setting goals, and achieving goals.

NRS Learning to Be an NRS Data Detective Online Course
Continue learning about data use and data searching by participating in this online course based on the topics and concepts found in the NRS Guide to Learning to be an NRS Data Detective.

NRS Tips: Employment Reporting
Entered and retained employment—whether students obtained their goals of getting a job and keeping that job—are central follow-up measures in the NRS. This NRS Tips explains how to report these measures to OCTAE to meet NRS requirements and was updated in 2015 to include additional reporting years.

Online Facilitated Course: 21st Century Learning: Building an Online Adult Education Program in Your State
Online education is a promising method of delivering instruction to meet the needs of adult education learners. This 8-week course is intended for states that want to expand or revise their existing distance learning or online learning programs. As part of the course, state education staff will review the NRS distance learning policy, learn about how some states have implemented online distance learning programs, and create a plan for delivering online distance learning in their state. This course was fine-tuned using feedback from the pilot and offered in the fall of 2014.

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