Building a Culture of Inquiry

Explore a broad range of informational and actionable resources to build knowledge that advances the effective use of data.

This guide provides a framework and the tools and vocabulary needed to support data-informed conversations and actions.

A national technical assistance center funded by the U.S. US Department of Education and Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to support Early Intervention and early childhood special education programs in the development or enhancement of coordinated data systems.

A compiled set of Critical Questions, developed by the Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy), a state data system for early intervention (EI) or early childhood special education (ECSE) should provide the data to answer.

Data Visualization

Explore publications that use data to improve the lives of young children.


Learn how to inspire change through the stories we can tell with data.

Learn to be intentional about your use of color and text to communicate your message with data visualization.

Data Report Resources​

Use a free trial of Lynda to access Excel tutorials. Search “Excel” and you will find many resources to match varying levels of expertise. 

The IDEA Data Center (IDC) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to provide technical assistance to build capacity within states for collecting, reporting, analyzing, and using high-quality IDEA Part B data.


Outlier analysis provides an important tool for examining data to identify data that deviate from an established norm so that programs can investigate the possible data errors. This guide introduces the principles of outlier analysis and includes six tutorials on completing an outlier analysis.

The Data Culture Toolkit is a resource containing information, guidance and templates to help Early Intervention programs build effective data teams and support a culture of data use at the state and local levels. The toolkit is organized around the key steps to building a culture of data use. Each step includes an overview, resources (e.g., videos, infographics, templates, and blogs), and tips for how to use resources.

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