Data Use for Continuous Quality Improvement: What the Head Start Field Can Learn from Other Disciplines A Literature Review and Conceptual Framework
There is a scientific and policy consensus on the life defining role that the first three years of life play in a child’s life. Similarly, there is ample agreement on the the first five years of elementary education and the foundation that is laid for the latter learning years. The Urban Institute provides us with the following enlightening report which is a good beginning for grounding our policy conversation on the state of our educational system K through 12 and beyond.
“This report summarizes research on the processes, facilitators, and impediments to data use for continuous quality improvement; develops a conceptual framework representing the elements of data use for continuous quality improvement; provides linkages between the disciplines from which the literature was drawn and the Head Start field; and suggests areas for future research. The review reflects seminal and current works that originate in empirical and professional sources in the fields of educational leadership and management, health care management, nonprofit leadership and management, public management, and organizational learning and development. The resulting conceptual framework describes the elements of leadership, analytic capacity, commitment of resources, professional development, a culture of collaborative inquiry, a continuous cycle, organizational characteristics, and environmental characteristics.”