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Step 5: Examination and Reflection

Examining and reviewing data from your pilot study or programmatic intervention will help identify potential improvements for future programs—including gaps that may be missed by anecdotal or personal experience. Moreover, honest examination of successes and failures may help other educators, schools, and educational agencies in spreading equal opportunity to data literacy education.

Review data and refine your approach

  • Read and use the checklists and templates in the continuous improvement toolkit that IES and REL Northeast and Island published for schools and districts to use continuous improvement in education.
  • At minimum, write out your plan for reviewing data addressing:
    • How frequently?
    • With whom?
    • What questions are we trying to answer?
    • What will we do with what we learn?

Begin continuous improvement cycle again as appropriate

  • Using your logic model and continuous improvement plan, refine your approach and begin the continuous improvement cycle again starting with Step 3 — Plan for Implementation