Visualizing Data to Help Improve Outcomes for Students

StriveTogether works with Tableau to help communities see, understand and use data effectively
Date Released: 
Sep 30 2015
Location: 
Cincinnati, Ohio
Phone: 
513-929-1310
Tableau Software helps people see and understand data.

A colorful line graph creatively displays third-grade reading results throughout the county, showing just over 52 percent of students reading on level in 2014. With a couple of clicks, a parent, community leader or district administrator can break down the data by racial or cultural segments; by hovering over each line, a pop-up box reports historical data and progress.

With data analytics, schools and districts, local place-based nonprofits and collective impact partnerships can easily view and analyze local education data and create interactive presentations. And that’s exactly what StriveTogether and Tableau Foundation hope to help with through a new partnership and fellowship program for the Cradle to Career Network.

With data analytics, school districts, place-based nonprofits and collective impact partnerships can easily view and analyze local education data

“With Tableau, data fellows from StriveTogether Cradle to Career partnerships will be better equipped to not only effectively analyze and use data for their work, but also to help local schools and partners in understanding data,” StriveTogether Associate Director of Data Utilization Geoff Zimmerman said. “Throughout the next year, 15 data fellows will focus on specific projects where visual analytics can help move their work forward, such as kindergarten readiness or attendance.”

The fellowship will help 15 communities effectively use and visualize local education data to advance collective impact work to help more students succeed. With Tableau, the communities will be able to easily create interactive data visualizations to share with partners or publish to their websites with a few clicks. The software can also be used to help make data accessible in real time for all education partners throughout a community.

Tableau, a global leader in rapid-fire, easy-to-use business analytics software, will provide almost $300,000 in software, funding and training to 15 StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network partnerships. Fellowship participants will work with Tableau experts from the field, and connect with each other through an online portal space and discussion forum. InterWorks, a Tableau partner, will also offer $49,000 in pro-bono training to participants.

“StriveTogether’s work with collective impact and continuous improvement seemed like a natural partnership for Tableau,” said Neal Myrick, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Tableau, “Through our relationship with StriveTogether, we hope to help local partnerships throughout the country really see and understand the data that’s so critical to transform education to help all students succeed.”

Every StriveTogether Cradle to Career partnership selects and reports on core indicators that help their community understand collective progress toward shared community-level outcomes. Through evidence-based decision making and continuous improvement, partnerships use data regularly to better their work and help more students succeed, by identifying achievement gaps and tracking educational progress.

Partnerships selected for the Tableau fellowship, which will last through June 2016, will be announced in October, following the sixth-annual StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network Convening. The convening will bring together more than 350 community leaders from across the country on October 7-9 in Minneapolis, Minn.

For more information on the new partnership between StriveTogether and Tableau, please contact KnowledgeWorks PR Specialist Mary Kenkel at 513-929-1310 or kenkelm@knowledgeworks.org

About StriveTogether: 

StriveTogether, a subsidiary of KnowledgeWorks, works with communities nationwide to help them create a civic infrastructure that unites stakeholders around shared goals, measures and results in education, supporting the success of every child, cradle to career. Communities implementing the StriveTogether framework have seen dramatic improvements in kindergarten readiness, standardized test results and college retention. For more information about StriveTogether, visit www.strivetogether.org.

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