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Data Use Consulting Group and ARCHES Empowerment Evaluation
hosted by the Alliance for Regional Collaboration to Heighten Educational
Success (ARCHES).The goal was to
facilitate a collaborative data analysis process that encouraged and supported
dialogue, inquiry, decision making, strategic planning, and continuous
learning.Participants included the executive
leadership team and data scientist from Educational Results Partnership.In addition, representatives from the
following regions in California were engaged: Stanislaus, Santa Cruz, and Tulare-Kings.
divided into workgroups (focusing on each region). The executive leadership and
data scientist worked with each workgroup and served the role of critical
friend and technical support.
completed two activities.Activity One
(60 minutes) focused on collaborative data analysis.Participants were asked to frame their
approach to supporting one another while they reviewed the data.
followed by a collaborative review and analysis of the data set.Participants considered what the data
presented, what it could and could not answer, as well as the strengths and
challenges it presented.
Two (30 minutes), participants mapped challenges identified in the first
activity to strategies that could be administered across the regional
discussed and documented the benefits that may emerge from the strategies.Each group compiled their work and entered it
into Google document worksheets on an activity webpage.They were encouraged to review each other’s
work through a virtual gallery walk and had opportunities to discuss key
learnings from session experiences.
At the conclusion of the session, an
evaluation (using Google Forms) was administered to regional collaborative participants.95% of eligible respondents completed the
form and 90% of respondents rated the session as excellent (55%) to very
Comments converged across three themes:
Session Content, Data, and Collaboration.Participants appreciated session content and activities.They communicated that they were thoughtful,
well designed, informative and relevant.The ability to collaborate with participants was also a highlight.Being exposed to varied perspectives and
roles enriched dialogue as well as opportunities to learn.Participants also indicated that they were
able to share and define next steps; in addition, they expected to use what was
developed during the convening.Indicators measuring each item exceeded 80%.