Data informed practice

What is it?

Data informed practice is the systematic use of educational data by schools, leaders and educators to improve student learning and wellbeing outcomes.

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Why it is important? 

When educators and school leaders collect and effectively use data to guide the educational decision making process, they become more effective in: 

  • reviewing their own and students’ existing knowledge, skills and understandings
  • identifying areas for growth or improvement
  • developing appropriate action plans to improve teaching and learning.

Data informed decision making cycle

Making use of a Data Informed Decision Making Cycle is key to impactful data informed practice. 

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Data are best used for a clearly identified purpose. In the Data Informed Decision Making Cycle, the following steps are recommended. 

  1. Framing the issue and asking the right questions: having clarity about the issue or questions you want to investigate
  2. Data collection: identify the data needed to answer the questions or address the issue, and how best to collect these
  3. Data analysis: apply the relevant techniques to give you the insightful answers
  4. Data interpretation: understand the implications of the results of data analysis
  5. Decision making and communication: using the evidence to inform your practice.

For more on this, access the following AISNSW professional learning courses:

Making your numerical data work

Data informed classroom practice K-6

These courses demonstrate how the Cycle guides the collection, analysis and interpretation of data to inform decision making and improve practice.