In 2014, NPEA assembled a pilot group of twelve NPEA member organizations along with three consultants for a pilot group to help identify ten key indicators of access and success for underrepresented students.

To prepare for this phase of work, NPEA conducted a literature review on access and success indicators, held focus groups, and implemented a survey identifying member data needs. In selecting members for the pilot group, NPEA considered size, type, location, and age of the organization.

Over the course of nine months, the group discussed their current data collection and reporting practices, recommended specific indicators, and tested a data collection tool developed by the consultants. The three consultants assisting with the project were: Roblyn Brigham, Brigham Nahas Research Associates; Janet Smith, Edscape Consulting; and Leigh Linden, University of Texas at Austin.

NPEA tasked the pilot group with the following goals:

  • Identify key common indicators of college access and success for underrepresented students from elementary school through college graduation;
  • Make recommendations and provide resources for using data to inform improvements to members’ programming; and
  • Facilitate the collaborative use of indicators and reporting of outcomes in order to demonstrate the collective impact of NPEA members on the field of educational access.

Final Product: The end result of the Pilot Project was a list of ten key indicators, including 23 data points, and a set of specific definitions for each of the data points in order to assure consistent, measurable aggregate data reporting.