Using Data in Practice: What Does It Look Like and What Does It Take?

July 2020


Program Management

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Author(s): Dr. Stephanie Cronen and GeMar Neloms American Institutes for Research

This research brief discusses the importance of using data in adult education to monitor learner progress and improve instructional practices. While the effects of using data in adult education are not extensively researched, some promising findings suggest that providing detailed performance information and timely, individualized feedback can enhance learner outcomes.

The brief suggests strategies for creating a culture of data use, implementing data teams, involving learners in decision making, and using data to tell compelling stories. Further research is needed to explore program readiness and effective data use in adult education.

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