The Power of Data

Data Highlight: A 2016 evaluation of our work in Santa Cruz County, California found that approximately three-quarters of foster youth who entered FosterEd with less than a 95 percent attendance rate increased their attendance.

Effective use of data offers an enormous leverage to inform policy, create connections across traditionally siloed divides, and support collective action across.  We have a disciplined practice of measuring what matters and using this information to support real-time learning.  We believe, deeply, that relationships with parents, family, peers and community are central to a young person’s educational success and we are measuring the degree to which we are helping to forge and strengthen these connections.

Our primary investments in data, technology and research include:

  1. State Population Level Research
  2. Program Improvement and Evaluation
  3. Local Cross-System Data Sharing
  4. Technology Tools to Support Effective Practice