- 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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