State of Alaska
Data Collection

How do we make decisions? (Data collection)

This section helps school districts recognize the necessity of collecting relevant and accurate data as part of the SW-PBS process. Learning about and understanding their role in the development, types of data, the collection of data, and use of data allows districts to develop a user-friendly internal structure for data collection and report generation. Accurate data allows teams to make decisions and recommendations regarding professional development, systems change, funding, and student interventions through a process called data-based decision-making.

Setting up a clearly defined data collection system is often overlooked. Districts often bypass creating a data collection system to save time but SW-PBS cannot be implemented with fidelity without it. Data collection and its use are a primary focus within an evidence-based intervention and should be reviewed and established prior to implementation.