Multiple Agency / Access

Regional Data Trust

Regional Access

Parents living in poverty or economic distress have a  difficult time managing children attending multiple schools and also receive social and health services and may be in the criminal justice systems,

Approach: It takes a region

Problems with education and equity are not confined to school, schools services or K12 data.

Instead, for millions of students and their families, a sound education is built on an array of services provided by municipalities, counties and states, some federally funded or mandated. The school is only one part of the difficult services mosaic.

Complicating this picture are the different rules, regulations and data systems that do not allow students and families to be aided in the process of building solid foundations. Across the country, there are efforts aimed at data agreements and the beginnings of integrated data systems. The problem is that these are not as sophisticated or capable as those in the commercial and consumer sectors.

Focus: “Regional Data Trust”

NLET is committed to addressing the multiple agency data problem through secure advanced technology, social and data systems. 

NLET’s work in this area began in 2013 when NLET board members and faculty members at University of California Santa Cruz won a National Science Foundation Building Community Capacity for Data Intensive Research (NSF/BCC) exploratory grant. From there, NLET created the Regional Data Trust to work on these issues.

Former NLET board members Marcy Lauck and Bill Erlendson are working on a regional data trust in Santa Clara County, CA.  NLET is exploring a similar regional data trust in Monterey County, CA, and using that base to explore R & D and piloting of highly capable and secure smart data systems.

Current Activity: Parallel processing 

NLET is working with multiple agencies of Monterey County and the Monterey County Office of Education to examine the multiple data types and service models, and to look at holistic approaches to client families and minors. In parallel, NLET is exploring how complex multi-component data systems work in commercial and consumer applications where not only is there integration, but measurements of service delivery, program adjustments, etc.

Current Objectives: Raise convening funds 

NLET and the group of agencies, education entities, evaluation firms and corporations need to enter guided dialogs to outline the issues, and look at the ways to create true service mentalities through new data standards, safeguards and tools. The Monterey data group will be organizing regional activity to bring national inputs to these challenges. The target will be to raise $250,000 in 2017.