From Data to Action

From Data to Action A Community Approach to Improving Youth Outcomes

Edited by Milbrey McLaughlin and Rebecca A. London, foreword by Thomas W. Payzant
cloth, 216 Pages
Pub. Date: April 2013
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-547-3
Price: $49.95

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Pub. Date: April 2013
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-548-0
paper, 216 Pages
Pub. Date: April 2013
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-546-6
Price: $29.95

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This book is a welcome guide for educators, civic leaders, and researchers looking for ways to leverage data to identify the most effective policies, interventions, and use of resources for their communities.


From Data to Action is a timely, compelling, and important book that addresses how school and other community leaders can go even further toward understanding the strengths and needs of their students—by gathering data from agencies across their communities, studying and archiving the information, and using it to improve teaching and learning. — From the foreword by Thomas W. Payzant, former professor of practice, Harvard Graduate School of Education

This pioneering book vividly reports on how local leaders, now armed with thick evidence, make sure that no student falls through the cracks. From Philly to San Francisco, From Data to Action reports on inspiring progress in how activists and scholars are pulling together to elevate the next generation. — Bruce Fuller, professor, education and public policy, University of California, Berkeley

From Data to Action is an important and courageous book that powerfully illustrates how data created and shared with the community can simultaneously advance scholarship and the quality of life of children and their families. McLaughlin and London’s honest account of the strengths and difficulties of democratic, actionable research is simply invaluable for developing and sustaining meaningful university-community partnerships. — Ira Harkavy, associate vice president and director, Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania

From Data to Action: A Community Approach to Improving Youth Outcomes is a well-written and insightful text for leaders in nonprofits, school districts, and universities who are interested in initiating or improving a data-sharing partnership.  — Jo Beth Jimerson, Teachers College Record

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About the Editors

Milbrey McLaughlin is the David Jacks Professor of Education and Public Policy, Emerita, at Stanford University and the founding director of the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Communities.

Rebecca A. London is a senior researcher at the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Communities and the researcher overseeing all analyses conducted with the Youth Data Archive.