Traveling Through Time: The Forum Guide to Longitudinal Data Systems, Book II: Planning and Developing an LDS
This document, the second installment of a four-part Forum guide series on longitudinal data systems (LDS), discusses the critical planning and development phases of an LDS project. It guides readers through the process of engaging a wide variety of stakeholders to create a vision for an LDS, build support for the undertaking, develop the system, and gauge how well it is meeting intended goals. The full series is intended to help state and local education agencies meet the many challenges involved in building robust LDSs, populating them with quality data, and using this new information to improve the education system. The series includes Book I: What is an LDS?, Book III: Effectively Managing LDS Data, and Book IV: Advanced LDS Usage.