Please review the Better Data Toolkit, then look further into the three standards:
America loves statistics and seems to have one about everything: from the number of people per square mile (87) to how much the average dog owner spends on the vet each year ($248) to the odds of catching a foul in the home ballpark of the Philadelphia Phillies (one in 1,233). So where are the data you need about kids in your community?
If your community is like most, then you know a lot about young people as students: their attendance rates, grades, test scores and the rankings of their schools. But what do you know about the majority of their lives – the time when they are not in school? Probably not as much.
It’s time to share. After all, a new pile of statistics will just give everyone information overload. To use this tremendous resource to its full advantage, you need a way to connect data sources and exchange information among stakeholders.
You’ll have no trouble finding strategies that call themselves “evidence-based” or “proven” to be effective. That’s what leaders want – but how do you know what approaches really work and are a good fit for your community or state?