Success For Each Child & Eliminate the Opportunity Gap by Leading with Racial Equity

  • Strategy, Evaluation and Learning
PSESD Data Capacity Project Think Tank Informs Training & Resource Development

On February 24, 2020, the PSESD Data Capacity for Equity project brought together over 30 partners across the Road Map Region to discuss the most pressing data capacity needs of educational organizations working in South King County. Think Tank participants included community-based organizations, district leaders, capacity building organizations and state government. Participants shared ideas about learning priorities and identified opportunities for collaboration between school districts and CBOs, and provided valuable guidance about steps for the PSESD's Strategy, Evaluation and Learning Department to provide leadership in equity-focused work with data:

  • Common belief statements on the use of data. Dissemination of these beliefs particularly as it relates to equity work being done in the area.
  • Crafting tools for cross-system collaboration and guidance. "Data 101" to de-mystify and increase comfort for non-researchers.
  • Align with entities with expertise in asset-based, more humane data evaluation practices to inject anti-racist principles into our work across sectors. Start redefining baselines and norms.

Insights from this Think Tank will inform an ongoing discussion of larger regional vision. Next steps in this work include a Data Capacity Training Series and the development of shared resources.

Participants at the PSESD Data Capacity for Equity project

About the Project

The Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) Data Capacity for Equity Project aims to foster learning and change through infusing racial equity-centered data practices in the Road Map Region of South King County. To learn more, please contact Hilary Loeb hloeb@psesd.org and Mona Mazraani mmazraani@psesd.org and visit https://strategy.psesd.org/current-evaluation-projects/capacity-building-in-data-visualization.

 

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