Analytics - Creating a Deep Base of Knowledge
Imagine having the ability to see where all of your community’s children are on the pathway to adult success. Imagine, too, being able to see how the allocation of resources can help eliminate barriers to success and identify additional resources to support that effort.
Our Analytics and Strategic Data Approach
We collaborate closely with your community to identify where all young people are on the pathway to postsecondary and adult success; to show what resources may already be available in and around the community; to help community leadership make strategic decisions on how best to close the equity gap; and to identify opportunities to align resources to the objective of eliminating barriers to student success. We analyze these findings to facilitate local analysis and problem-solving to strengthen the necessary structures to enable community-wide, cultural change.
Elements of Our Analytics and Strategic Data Approach
We use school district and other data to capture exactly where your community’s students fall along the pathway to postsecondary success – a set of 14 educational milestones that guide students from early childhood to ultimately attaining a postsecondary degree and employment – and where they might be falling short or hitting barriers along the way.
In Depth Interviews
We also conduct a broad spectrum of deep-dive interviews with members of your community from all constituent groups, including government officials, community organizers, business leaders, nonprofit groups, school administrators, teachers, families and others. The data and other findings derived from these interviews are intended to draw on and leverage local expertise in the design of more impactful strategies.
Once our analysis of school district, fiscal and equity data is underway, we identify gaps in services, and instances where resources are not supporting students to overcome predictable barriers to achievement. We develop a plan to drive the most efficient and effective use of community resources to integrate, strengthen, and scale support services. Examples of those services include legal clinics, low cost and no cost health clinics, and after school programs. Most importantly, we help you determine how your community should best allocate its resources.
This service enables your community to develop a sustainable incentive for students to graduate high school and succeed in college. We factor graduation rates, college persistence, ACT and SAT scores, matriculation rates, socioeconomic status data and more to calculate the sustainable scholarship model that breaks the cycle of intergenerational poverty.
Community as Unit of Change
Cross-sector collaboration is at the heart of our work. We facilitate conversations around the search for solutions with local government, the school district, parents, students, foundations and other non-profit organizations, local businesses, faith-based organizations and local higher education institutions. We do so to create meaning from the data and analytics; to identify priorities; and to begin forming new working groups and task forces. We then work together to develop a plan to realign existing resources and to establish a pathway to postsecondary education and adult success for every young person.