Public Agenda

Cutting Edge Series No 3

Building Institutional Capacity For Data-Informed Decision Making


The use of data and evidence to improve policies, programs and services is at the core of community college student success efforts across the country, and a new guide from Public Agenda serves as a resource for community college leaders in data collection and analysis. "Building Institutional Capacity for Data-Informed Decision Making", the latest from the Cutting Edge series of reports produced for Achieving the Dream, will help more colleges build institutional research (IR) and information technology (IT) capacity and create a strong culture of evidence in which data and inquiry drive institutional efforts to close achievement gaps and improve student outcomes overall.

Public Agenda’s Cutting Edge papers, produced in partnership with Achieving the Dream, are designed to provide specific challenges and give practical solutions to community colleges as they work to “move the needle” on student success and completion. That includes addressing some of the challenges that have already been identified in Achieving the Dream’s work, such as engaging faculty, taking initiatives to scale, and making the most of research and information technology.

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