High quality, accessible data are necessary for education policy analysts to effectively drive evidence-based decision-making. Although analysts have begun to harness the vast array of education-related data that is publicly available, the difficulty in accessing these data and converting them into actionable information has slowed progress.
To address this problem, the Urban Institute built the Education Data Portal, which makes K-12 and higher education data easily accessible to the public. We are bringing all major national datasets on schools, districts, and colleges under one roof and standardizing the information and data documentation so that it is easy to access data, measure change over time, and make connections across datasets. Data are currently available to download directly or access through an API and Stata/R packages, and will soon be made available through a point-and-click online interface.
Matthew Chingos and Erica Blom will provide an overview of the Education Data Portal and lead a hands-on training on how to use these new data tools. Participants should bring a laptop computer with their statistical software of choice (the training will focus on accessing the Portal through direct download and the Stata package, but will also briefly cover the R package). Sponsorship covers the cost of this workshop, but participants do need to register/RSVP.