Become a more savvy consumer of school research and data.
In this era of evidence-driven reform, school leaders must learn to harness an array of data to drive improvement. In Managing Evidence, you will develop your ability to draw on multiple sources of evidence to inform policy and programmatic decisions. You will gain an understanding of key concepts in performance measurement, research design, and data analysis needed to become skilled consumers of education research and of qualitative and quantitative data generated within your own organizations.
Managing Evidence takes place over 12 weeks, moving through a cycle of learning, application, performance, and demonstration. Throughout, you will engage in a range of activities online, plus exercises carried out in your professional context. The experience is designed to be both rigorous and flexible. The activities are asynchronous, meaning you can choose when within a given week you do them. Each week will require five to seven hours of work, with more guided, paced work during the “learning” weeks (weeks 2, 3, 4, and 8) and more job-associated practice and application during the other weeks of the module (weeks 5-7 and 9-12).
By the end of this module, you will be able to:
- Evaluate the quality of empirical research and its implications for policy or practice.
- Apply key concepts in research design and analysis to system-level decision making.
- Identify opportunities to generate or participate in the production of high-quality evidence to inform future policy or practice.
- Strengthen the capacity of your system to make decisions based on high-quality evidence.