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Competitive grant proposals often survive or perish based on the quality of data they use. In the American context, among reliable sources of data for grants for K-12 Education are the Institute of Education Sciences, the National Center for Education Statistics, Find Youth Info, the Education Resources Information Clearinghouse, and ERIC Digests.


Education Statistics:

The institute of Education Sciences’ Common Core of Data collects fiscal and non-fiscal data about all public schools, public school districts and state education agencies in the United States. The site includes the user-definable Elementary/Secondary Information System. Among the resources available are descriptive information about students and staff, including demographics; and fiscal data, including revenues and current expenditures.


The National Center for Education Statistics’ annual Digest of Education Statistics provides a national context for local and state educational data. It covers the number of schools and colleges, teachers, enrollments, and graduates. It also spans educational attainment, finances, federal funds for education, libraries, international education, economic trends, population trends, attitudes on education, education characteristics of the labor force, and other topics.


Youth Development Programs:

For developing programs to benefit American youth, one resource is Find Youth Info, a site is designed to help youth-serving agencies to create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. The site features facts about youth, funding sources, and tools to help researchers to assess community assets, generate maps of local and federal resources, and search for evidence-based youth programs.


Research-Based Rationales:

The Education Resources Information Clearinghouse’s searchable database collects publications of interest to grant applicants. They are particularly useful for developing research-based rationales and reviews of the literature. Many of the ERIC materials are peer-reviewed and are available as full-text PDF files.


Also of potential use to grant seekers is the searchable, collection of public domain, full-text education articles produced by the former ERIC Clearinghouse system and now preserved and made available at the non-federal site, ERICDigests.


This post is one in a series about sources of data for use in winning competitive grants. All links were current as of the date of posting.

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