About This Toolkit

Virginia Data Sharing and Use Toolkit

Data Sharing

This toolkit provides data privacy guidelines, sample data sharing agreements, and guiding principles to developing data sharing partnerships.

Data Use

This toolkit includes examples of data visualization, resources for understanding different types of data, and links to data sources.

ABOUT VIRGINIA EARLY CHILDHOOD FOUNDATION, SMART BEGINNINGS AND THIS TOOLKIT

The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation serves as the convener between public and private sectors to increase efficiencies, encourage innovation and create partnerships. VECF believes in the power of actionable information to support the responsibility and opportunity to be accountable, equitable, effective, and efficient in delivering services and opportunities for Virginia’s children, families, communities, and the Commonwealth.

This toolkit is designed to provide data capacity building resources and information for a broad base and variety of early childhood stakeholders.

Compiling data capacity building tools and making them readily available is one of the many avenues VECF is pursuing to build out systems, knowledge, skills, and frameworks for using data to achieve important school readiness goals. 

FEATURED TOOLS

This toolkit includes examples of text and visuals that can help you communicate with data more clearly and effectively. Also, there are numerous links to websites and online tools that you will find helpful. Below are some examples of popular tools both for Data Sharing and Data Use.

UNDERSTANDING THE RESTRICTIONS AND EXCEPTIONS

Navigating the data sharing restrictions and allowances built into federal legislation requires an understanding of the laws and security provisions.

TOOLS FOR DATA VISUALIZATION

Discover which tools are most effective for creating original, clear and compelling graphics based on your data.

INTERACTIVE DATA DISPLAY

View statistical information for Virgnia statewide, by county or independent cities over multiple years, comparing ethnicites and income levels side-by-side.

VDOE palsK data request

SAMPLE DATA FIELDS REQUEST TO VDOE FOR PALS-K DATA

View a sample form for requesting Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening Assessment (PALS-K) data from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) for a data project with regional school divisions.