Is there a case for a data lab in education?

NPC, the sector think-tank which promoted the development of the Justice Data Lab* , is suggesting a similar data lab in education related work. The data lab would help provide impact evidence for charities and social enterprises providing young people with support to improve their outcomes in school.

NPC is partnering with Fischer Family Trust to develop an analytical service in education which will help not-for-profit organisations access impact data from the National Pupil Database. They are seeking views on this proposed service, and particularly looking for input from organisations that work to improve educational outcomes. 

See NPC’s article ‘Work to improve educational outcomes? We need your views!‘ for more background. Direct link to survey, which also has a pdf with more inf0 (52KB).


* The Justice Data Lab currently enables criminal justice organisations to compare the re-offending rates of cohorts of service users with those of a matched comparison group. NPC recently noted that the Justice Data Lab is now a permanent service offered by the Ministry of Justice.

NPC’s wider Data Labs programme aims to open up government administrative data to the not-for-profit sector so that they can improve their understanding of the impact they have on the people they work with.