Data Collection, Reporting, Analyzing
The U.S. Department of Education’s emphasis on hard data as the basis for decision-making, has three major elements:
The first two are required for all programs funded with stimulus dollars, the third is recommended. Ripple Effects Whole Spectrum Intervention System has a built in data management function that automatically handles the first two functions at the level of the individual. Automatic data collection includes dosage data for each individual learner. The web-based School Safety Profiler handles those functions at the level of the group. Ripple Effects can provide a narrative interpretation of these group level reports for an extra fee.
The Ripple Effects Data Management System:
- Empowers administrators to customize content and delete lessons to meet local mandates and site-based needs, down to the level of the individual computer and control web access from the Ripple Effects program, within their environment.
- Enables implementers to track student – and teacher – progress against assigned goals.
- Provides researchers the capacity to conduct dosage correlated evaluations.
This combination enables administrators to meet high standards of accountability, without adding bureaucratic headaches.
Sample progress monitoring and
data export screen
Forms of data output
Data output from Ripple Effects takes various forms. Some, such as data from the web-based surveys, is both simple to use and simple to aggregate. Some, such as student scorecards, is simple to use at the individual level, though somewhat clunky at the group level. However, streamlined group level reports are available from Ripple Effects for an additional fee. All of it is SIF (Student Interoperability Format) compatible to make it easier to cross correlate school administrative data to assess objective outcomes.
- Data from the web-based school climate surveys is automatically aggregated at the school level and can be viewed instantly.
- Data from the personal surveys can be exported and aggregated at multiple group levels, as well as the individual level, with appropriate protections for student confidentiality.
- Data output on completion of the content assessments can be analyzed to accurately gauge implementation rates.
- School administrative data can be correlated with the program use to provide an objective measure of outcomes.
- For an additional fee, through a special arrangement with AIR, the country’s premier educational research organization, Ripple Effects clients can receive a statistical analysis that correlates usage data with student and teacher outcomes. A narrative interpretation of those results, with implications for practice is available.