Big data is everywhere. As evaluators, often our task is to transform data into information that answers questions and guides better decision-making. However, existing data is often collected for a myriad of purposes, siloed in separate agencies, and protected by different privacy laws. The...
- Creating Cross-Agency Longitudinal Datasets for Education Research Authors Security Linking Cleaning Sarah Frazelle Senior Advisor for Research & Evaluation; Education Northwest email@example.com Jared Silver Data Architect and Manager; Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University firstname.lastname@example.org Havala Hanson Senior Advisor for Research & Evaluation; Education Northwest email@example.com Information & Resources for DATA SECURITY Although laws vary across states and countries, some consistent best practices in data security include: · Designate a team to coordinate policies and IT infrastructure · Make sure there is a data sharing agreement in place for all student level data that is shared by an education agency. · Only share student level data through a password protected and encrypted sites endorsed by your IT group and approved by legal counsel · Never email files containing student level information · Keep printed reports stored in a secure locked location · Always double check your policies with your legal counsel Web Resources Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Regulations (FERPA) document http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/reg/ferpa/index.html The U.S