To fully realize the potential of coordinated state ECE data systems, state policymakers need to establish policies, practices and structures that ensure appropriate access and help stakeholders use data effectively to guide decisionmaking. Such actions address two goals.
Ensure Timely, User-Friendly and Appropriate Role-Based Access to DataEnsuring timely, user-friendly access to data for appropriate stakeholders is critical to supporting data-driven decisionmaking. State data systems need to serve a variety of stakeholders, so engaging stakeholders at all levels in designing reporting systems helps states ensure they analyze and present data in ways that meet each stakeholder’s informational needs and also ensure the security and privacy of personally identifiable information. States can also enhance access to data by minimizing delays between collecting data and making them available.
Build the Capacity of Appropriate Stakeholders To Use Data for Continuous ImprovementStates will realize the potential of coordinated state ECE systems if they invest in training, professional development and other efforts that build the capacity of appropriate stakeholders to use the information for continuous improvement. The state’s higher education and research communities can enhance the research capacity of states and provide guidance on correct interpretations of data as well as serve as valuable partners in providing education and training to use data to inform decisionmaking.