The effective collection and use of data to make decisions, establish priorities and gauge progress is a critical component of PBIS and a central principle in everything we do at NH CEBIS.
Data can be qualitative or qualitative; the best systems use a combination of both. Data should be collected, analyzed and shared with multiple constituents on a regular basis. Examples of data include
- self-assessment checklists,
- discipline referral data reports from the School-wide Information System (SWIS) or other tracking and reporting system,
- periodic surveys of specific constituents for specific purposes,
- focus group discussion results
- anecdotes that tell a story, preferably one that has objective data to back it up
- general data on enrollments and subgroups, including those in special education.
If you don't know where you started, you won't know how far you've come.
If you don't know where you're going, you won't know when you've gotten there.