Data meeting protocol – IDEA data center


Nimkoff, T., Shaver, D., & Schroeder, K. (2018). Data meeting protocol. IDEA data center. Westat.


Many states have expressed a need for support in the analysis and use of evaluation data to inform continuous
improvement efforts. A protocol provides a simple structure that state and local teams can use to guide conversation
around evaluation data during meetings. This protocol is based on the premise that a key part of the data analysis
process involves talking about the results of evaluation activities and making meaning of the results together. The protocol
is designed to help groups leverage the data they have gathered and engage in a process of data-informed decisionmaking
through guided conversation. The protocol reflects the principles of data use identified in the IDEA Data Center Part B Data
System Framework and the DaSy Data System Framework.

The IDEA Data Center (IDC) created this document under U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs Grant No. H373Y130002. Richelle Davis and Meredith Miceli serve as the project officers.

The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the positions or policies of the U.S. Department of Education. No official endorsement by the U.S. Department of Education of any product, commodity, service, or enterprise mentioned in this publication is intended or should be inferred. This product is public domain. Authorization to reproduce it in whole or in part is granted.

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