To fully realize the potential of coordinated state ECE data systems, state policymakers need to establish policies, practices, and structures that ensure widespread access to care and help stakeholders use data effectively to guide decision-making. These actions address two goals:
- Ensuring timely, user-friendly and appropriate role-based access to data. State data systems need to serve a variety of stakeholders, so it is important to engage stakeholders at all levels when designing reporting systems. This ensures that the systems analyze and present data in ways that meet each stakeholder’s informational needs, and ensures the security and privacy of personally identifiable information (PII). States can also enhance access to data by minimizing delays between collecting data and sharing them publicly.
- Building stakeholders’ capacity to use data for continuous improvement. Coordinated state ECE systems work best if states invest in training, professional development, and other efforts that build the capacity of appropriate stakeholders to use the information for continuous improvement. States’ higher education and research communities can enhance the research capacity of states and provide guidance on correct interpretations of data. They can also provide education and training for stakeholders to use data to inform decision-making.