This training presented a basic summary of the NRS, clarified NRS requirements, and provided a model for State and local staff to promote using data for program improvement. State teams had the opportunity to work on data quality and program improvement issues, which involved participants examining their data and planning an approach to address issues of their own choosing. To examine their data, participants utilized a specially designed electronic tool based in an Excel workbook. Ultimately, this training helped to build a foundation of knowledge and skills for NRS beginners while offering a new look on the basics and an opportunity to investigate data in more depth for NRS veterans.
The 2008 Summer Training materials are available to download below for state and local program use to improve their NRS data quality and use. The materials include a companion guide to the training, the Excel Data Planning Tool, the PowerPoint presentation and corresponding handouts, examples of state approaches to examining data issues, and other resources.
All documents for this training have been archived and are available upon request by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NRS Handouts (archived)
NRS Handouts (508 Compliant Version) (archived)
NRS Jeopardy Game - 5 x 5 Gameboard (archived)
NRS Jeopardy Game - 6 x 6 Gameboard (archived)
3. Excel Data Planning Tool for Building and Sustaining Change
The Excel Data Planning Tool was designed to assist states with improving NRS data quality and can be modified to fit state and local needs. Refer to the PowerPoint slides for further guidance in using the Data Planning Tool.
Note: The main Excel file below, Data Planning Tool for Building and Sustaining Change, contains links to the other files listed. For the Tool to be used effectively, all files must be downloaded and saved in the same location. If you move or rename a file then the links within the Data Planning Tool will also have the be updated to reflect any changes you make to a file name or to the file's storage location.
Assessment Compliance (archived)
DM Excel Template (archived)
Follow-up Compliance (archived)
Goal Setting Compliance (archived)
Innovate and Evaluate (archived)
Performance Management (archived)
Report Card (archived)
4. Other Resources: Data Tracking and Goal Setting
Examples of S.M.A.R.T. Goals (archived)
5. Contextualizing the Data Use Pyramid: State and Local Program Examples
6. Samples of Evaluation Methods and Models
The National Science Foundation
Arizona Presentation (archived)
Illinois Presentation (archived)
Massachusetts Presentation (archived)
San Francisco Austin
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