Overview and Goals

NPEA Data Counts is a data project aimed at providing best practices, research, and resources around data collection and analysis, as well as determining the impact of our collective work on the educational access field and promoting positive outcomes for underrepresented students.

Ranging from formative assessment that continually strengthens programming to reporting required for funding support, qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis is critical to the work of best supporting underrepresented students. As nonprofits and school-based programs set up their data systems, many reach out to NPEA for best practices regarding what to measure and why, common terms and definitions, indicator benchmarks, and the ability to demonstrate collective impact across the field.

To meet these needs, NPEA embarked on a research-based project funded by The Esther A. & Joseph Klingenstein Fund. This project, NPEA Data Counts, identified ten key indicators of college access and success for underrepresented students from middle school through college graduation. These ten indicators are ones NPEA feels are important for organizations serving underrepresented students to track in order to ensure the most effective services are delivered and students are on the path to persist through college.

While important on an individual level for members, consistent tracking and reporting on these indicators in the aggregate can help tell a broader story of the valuable work our members are doing to support students in the field of college access and success.