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Understanding and Assessing the Impact of Data Visualization On Stakeholder Access to Data, Sensemaking and Decision Making in the context of the Local Control Funding Formula


Implemented in 2013, the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) requires Local Education Agencies (LEA’s) to engage in a continuous improvement process that identifies actions that extend and improve services for targeted student groups. The vision of the LCFF is that all stakeholder groups including Staff (certificated, classified, management and community members) are consulted and have the opportunity to provide feedback on the LCAP.

However, stakeholders have varying degrees of access, levels of technical knowledge and understanding of the fiscal, adult behavioral data and student achievement and outcome data.

These differences set the stage for some stakeholders to unwittingly included or exclude different information based on personal biases and local accountability demands.

This design study is intended to provide stakeholders with a tool that supports their access and use of data as they engage LCFF continuous improvement process. A focused group was convened to review the data dashboards. Early feedback from stakeholders characterized the dashboards as a good starting point. They also provided feedback about integrating additional data elements into the dashboards which would make them more useful in their work of reviewing programs in the LCAP. Also, stakeholders requested that more systems be built to support access to data as well as increase opportunities for collaborative data driven decision making.

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