Data Quality Campaign. is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, national advocacy organization based in Washington, DC. Launched in 2005 by 10 founding partners, DQC now leads a partnership of nearly 100 organizations committed to realizing the vision of an education system in which all stakeholders—from parents to policymakers—are empowered with high-quality data from the early childhood, K–12, post secondary, and workforce systems to make decisions that ensure every student graduates high school prepared for success in college and the workplace. To achieve this vision, DQC supports state policymakers and other key leaders to promote the effective use of data to improve student achievement.

16824447809_75f7808986_tStrategic Data Project. Since 2008, SDP has partnered with school districts, charter school networks, state education agencies, and nonprofit organizations to bring high-quality research methods and data analysis to bear on strategic management and policy decisions. Our mission is to transform the use of data in education to improve student achievement. Part of the Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) at Harvard University, SDP was formed on two fundamental premises: (1) Policy and management decisions can directly influence schools’ and teachers’ ability to improve student achievement and (2) Valid and reliable data analysis significantly improves the quality of decision making.

Improving Schools through Data Driven Decisions. Success for every learner is WestEd’s prime focus and has been for more than four decades. A nonprofit research and development agency working at the national, state, and local levels, WestEd aims to improve education and other important outcomes for children, youth and adults.The Data for Decisions Initiative, a suite of resources and services designed to promote awareness, proficiency, and professional development about using school data to increase impact.

Institute of Education Sciences (IES). IES’s mission is to provide rigorous and relevant evidence on which to ground education practice and policy and share this information broadly. By identifying what works, what doesn’t, and why, aiming to improve educational outcomes for all students, particularly those at risk of failure. IES is the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, and by law their activities must be free of partisan political influence. The Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making: What works Clearinghouse is a guide offering five recommendations to help educators effectively use data to monitor students academic progress and evaluate instructional practices.