· A private foundation, a public school system, and a state university joined forces to address a difficult, long-standing challenge: closing the academic achievement gap between urban and suburban students.
· All parties agreed that sharing of longitudinal, student-level data was required to drive and evaluate multiple efforts to close the gap, but significant technical, regulatory, and political obstacles stood in the way.
· The parties worked through multiple challenges and forged a Master Data Sharing Agreement (MDSA) that will facilitate both daily intelligence for program staff and powerful post-hoc research capacity.
· This MDSA text has been released online for your use under the Creative Commons license (Community Research Institute, 2011a).
· Reaching the agreement required a shared vision, definitive research, genuine trust, true alignment, dogged patience, ample investment, iterative development, selfless collaboration, careful coordination, and fidelity to a common language: data.
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Carlson, Neil E.; Hernández, Edwin; Edmond-Verley, Chaná; Rotondaro, Gustavo; Feliz-Santana, Eleibny; and Heynig, Susan
"Developing a Master Data Sharing Agreement: Seeking Student-Level Evidence to Support a Collaborative Community Effort in Education,"
The Foundation Review:
4, Article 3.
Available at: http://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/tfr/vol3/iss4/3