Data Use

Data Use

Data Use is the understanding and application of data to make decisions on program management and improvement.

Tools & Tips

Data Flow Workbook

This workbook will help you through the process of creating a graphical flowchart to document and communicate your State’s needs and challenges for obtaining and using data. The workbook includes information about creating flowcharts and an accompanying data management workbook to guide you through a detailed look at the data you collect and manage. It uses a general model of the data collection process from intake until student exit to help you understand data flow in your state or adult education program.

Developing an NRS Report Card: State Examples

State adult education agencies develop and use report cards to show stakeholders the value of the adult education program including whom they serve what outcomes those adult participants achieve. Here are a few report card examples from states that participated in the NRS online facilitated course in March 2015 on the topic of developing state and local report cards. 

Visit the Online Courses page to find the 4-part self-directed course on Developing Report Cards for Adult Education.

Building Professional Learning Communities (2015 COABE Presentation)

How can your state or local program benefit from using professional learning communities? The NRS support project offered practical tips and a planning tool at the COABE conference in April 2015. Find the presentation materials below.


Guide to Learning to be an NRS Data Detective: The Five Sides of the NRS

This guide focuses on five sides to making NRS work: two foundational elements that must be in place to collect and use data (data collection policies and procedures and a state data system) and policies and procedures in three areas (assessment, goal setting, and follow-up measures) for collecting NRS core outcomes.

Archived documents are available upon request by sending an email to with the name or description of the document.

Supporting the Use of Data Through Professional Development

This resource guide promotes professional development for local programs to support the use of accurate and reliable data for decision making and program improvement.

Archived documents are available upon request by sending an email to with the name or description of the document.


Webinar on Data Use in the Classroom: A Teacher's Perspective (March 6, 2014)

Teachers from local programs in Washington, D.C. and Rhode Island discussed how they are using data in the classroom to improve instruction. 

A recording of this webinar is available upon request by sending an email to

Local Program Presentations

Webinar on Data Use in the Classroom (Nov 22, 2013)

State directors from Oklahoma and Missouri discussed what they have done at the state level to promote data use in the classroom.  Then, staff from two local programs from these states discussed how the use of data has been integrated into their program and what the results have been.  The webinar focused on how these programs use data in their classrooms, what has worked, what some of the challenges have been, and what their data show.

State Presentations

Local Program Presentations

Evaluation Learning Community (ELC) Webinar Presentations (January and February 2013)

Building off of the ELC training, ELC state teams conducted research projects in one of the following topic areas: Professional Development, Learning and Persistence, or Post-Secondary.  States presented their findings to the field in three webinars in January and February. States included: Arizona, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, and Texas. 

Recordings of the January 16th and February 6th webinars are available upon request by sending an email to with the name of the specific webinar.

Below are the PowerPoint presentations from each state.

January 15th Webinar

January 16th Webinar

February 6th Webinar