Reliable data use is key to improving student outcomes, and a new framework from the Institute for Higher Education Policy highlights some of the barriers states face as they attempt to use data effectively.

Accurately evaluating what works–and what doesn’t–to improve student progression through higher education requires the robust use of reliable data.

States play a pivotal role in compiling and using data to empower student choice, spur continuous institutional and system improvement, and develop evidence-based solutions that promote college access and success for all students in their state. However, certain challenges have prevented states from fully leveraging education and workforce data.

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IHEP’s framework identifies approaches to eliminating those barriers to data use, with solutions at the federal, state, and regional levels.

Written by Karen Bussey, Kim Dancy, and Mamie Voight, Better Data, Better Outcomes: Promoting Evidence, Equity, and Student Success through the Framework for State Postsecondary Data Solutions identifies opportunities to build innovative partnerships and develop messaging and advocacy strategies to champion a culture of data use.

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Laura Ascione

Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura

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