Washington state’s goal is to improve the quality of the statewide education system, basing policies and programs on a clear understanding of the variables that cause some students to prosper while others struggle once they finish school.
"Our belief is that better data makes for better information. The research or data we produce leads to something meaningful and something that improves the lives of our citizens."
Manager of Education Research and Data Center, Office of Financial Management, Washington State
Washington State was awarded a $17 million grant to enhance the statewide P-20 integrated education system, extending from preschool through higher education.
Legislators, researchers, educators and program owners analyze key risk factors (such as income, foster placement and school enrollment history) and their impact on academic achievement, and varying educational--and life--outcomes.
ERDC integrates large amounts of data from multiple external agencies (e.g. the Department of Social and Health Services and Department of Corrections).
Inaccurate and inconsistent data dented causality analysis (e.g. non-standard dates and Social Security numbers, missing data, gaps in collection of some fields of data over time).
It took four months for the ERDC team to manually integrate, cleanse and consolidate academic, student and external agency data before analysis could begin.
Solutions & Results
The Informatica platform created a data foundation for analyzing the variables that drive education and work outcomes.
ERDC has produced 10 research studies and four legislative reports during the past twelve months.
100+ key policy questions have been identified to be addressed with a data-driven approach, affecting the development of policies and programs.