“The big issue is trust. People want to know that you are not going to surprise them and that they will have opportunities to be involved throughout the process.”
While not all RPPs have formal data sharing agreements, examples from those who do can be quite useful.
Data Sharing Agreements:
Here are examples of jointly-developed research agendas:
The Regional Educational Lab for the Northeast & Islands (REL-NEI) developed a toolkit that includes samples of data sharing agreements drafted by districts and states
- Data Quality Campaign’s Privacy, Security and Confidentiality Webpage
This website is dedicated to supporting states in the effective use of data to improve student achievement. “Cheat sheets” on such topics as data security and confidentiality help readers understand the policy implications around secure data.
- FERPA Guidance for Reasonable Methods and Written Agreements
This document outlines best practices for data disclosure. There are several requirements and exemptions relevant to the kinds of research projects RPPs undertake.
- Privacy Technical Assistance Center, US Department of Education Toolkit
This toolkit provides concise resource sheets and issue briefs related to secure data practices. Resources that may be of interest to RPPs include the FERPA exceptions summary for research and evaluation studies, and checklists for developing and maintaining effective data security systems and effective policies and procedures for data management.
- Understanding Penn’s KIDS Integrated Data System
This article demonstrates how Philadelphia has used the KIDS data system—a system that links administrative data from six databases maintained by the Departments of Public Health, Human Services, Emergency Shelter and Services and the School District. The article highlights the protocols for managing data across systems.