Get quality data into your evaluators hands

"Without data, all we have is a story," reminds one magnet program director. But collecting valid and reliable data takes time, coordination, and expertise. Create infrastructure and communication systems that clarify your purpose and process for gathering data. And remember that even the best-laid data collection plans will need adjustments along the way.

Kim Morrison, magnet director for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, and Susan Saxon, evaluator from The Education Alliance at Brown University, discuss common challenges and strategies involved in getting quality data for an evaluation.

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Key Actions

Manage logistics and communications for data collection

Troubleshoot data issues as they emerge

Use techniques to ensure valid and reliable data

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