|Selected Districts Will Receive Technical Assistance for Starting or Expanding Data-informed Decision-making Efforts
With funding from the Community Innovation Challenge Grant Program from the Executive Office for Administration and Finance, the Collins Center is launching a pilot of the Massachusetts In-district Data Analysis Support (MIDAS) Program, modelled on the Center’s successful Municipal Performance Management Program.
MIDAS provides assistance to Massachusetts school districts by supporting and facilitating collaborative problem-solving and data-informed decision-making on topics that impact student achievement and the efficiency of school operations.
Participating districts will receive the assistance of a trained analyst for roughly one day per week for five months, as well as additional training and support. Analysts will begin working with districts selected in February. Selected districts will be required to sign an agreement making a commitment to the work and will pay a $500 participation fee. At the end of five months, districts will have options for paying to continue the work at a variety of levels and prices.
Districts will be selected based on the following: (1) demonstrated level of commitment to the work, (2) types of data analysis and data-informed decision-making support requested, and (3) the need to ensure district diversity and geographical alignment with available resources. Responses to the short questions in the application will be used to gauge level of interest in receiving data analysis support and will be considered as part of the selection process. (Special consideration may be given to Partner Districts who expressed commitment in the original A&F application.)
The complete application is available here and is due by January 16. The list of selected districts will be announced on or around January 23.
If you work for a non-Massachusetts district, and you are interested in helping the Center examine the possibility of launching this Program in your state, please contact us.
For further information, please contact Michael Ward at michael.ward.