Data Services

The Center for Innovation and Data Services

Accessing, Organizing and Integrating Data for Quality Improvement


Serve School Districts

  • We work with MVESC member school districts and others outside our region to:
    • Extract, securely store, and translate school data for monitoring, intervention, and predictive purposes.
    • Provide consultation related to school accountability needs.
    • Collect data to assist with grants and other initiatives.

Partner on Initiatives

  • We partner with research universities, the Ohio Department of Education, Ohio’s Information Technology Centers, and Ohio’s Educational Service Centers on initiatives that advance public education and support children and families. Recent work includes:
    • Leading a gap analysis and dynamic GIS mapping exercise to address child food insecurity in six Ohio counties
    • Studying the supply and demand of educators, now and in the future
    • Developing a transportation application to facilitate cross-district scheduling and communication
    • Leading a multi-district consortium dedicated to reducing its transportation expenses through shared services
    • Piloting an early warning system that uses longitudinal data to identify student risk factors and promote early intervention
    • Leading a multi-disciplinary district truancy team pilot to support Ohio House Bill 410 implementation

Process Improvement & Shared Services

  • We help organizations develop higher levels of improvement and streamlined operations through training, consultation, facilitation, and data analytics.

Custom Data Applications

  • We build, deploy, and support custom data applications. Recently developed tools include:
    • Engaging Data to Guide Education, a web based tool that provides student information related to demographics, attendance, mobility, discipline, and achievement, and a student intervention and monitoring form
    • Graduation Points Tracker, a web-based tool that compiles and monitors student progress toward Ohio’s graduation requirements
    • PKIDS, an online preschool record and report system for educators and parents
    • Determine high school graduates’ transition to college through the National School Clearinghouse, a fee-based data reporting and exchange service

Support Survey Work

  • We create, conduct, and support survey work


  • We publish original research studies and technical papers. Recent articles include:
    • Anderson-Butcher, D., Hoffman, J., Rochman, D.M., & Fuller, M. (2017). General and specific competencies for school mental health in rural settings. In Michael, K., & Jameson, J.P. (Eds.) Handbook of Rural School Mental Health. New York: Springer.
    • Hoffman, J.A., Anderson-Butcher, D., Fuller, M., & Bates, S. (2017). The school experiences of rural youths: A study in Appalachian Ohio. Children & Schools, 39, 147-155.
    • Hollingsworth, B., Fuller, M., & Luby, A. (2017). Feasibility of multi-school district bus sharing: significant potential benefits for Ohio. Grant report submitted to Ohio Development Services Agency.
    • Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center, Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, & Edwards Brooke, LLC. (2017). Southeast Ohio food access infrastructure development: Community asset mapping exercise. Research report submitted to Ohio’s Children Hunger Alliance.
    • Phillis, W., & Fuller, M. (2013). Ohio charter school budgets: 12 years of expenditure data. In Alexander, K., Salmon, R. G., & Alexander, F. K. (2014). Financing public schools: Theory, policy and practice. USA: Routledge.

Secure Grant Funding

  • We develop and manage grants. Recent awards include:
    • 2015 Straight A Fund, $1,763,900: partnership of rural districts and ESCs to improve transportation efficiency
    • Round 17, Local Government Innovation Fund, $32,275: streamline the 21st Century grant hiring and payroll process
    • Round 17, Local Government Innovation Fund, $51,200: reduce technology help desk tickets in ESCs and school districts
    • Round 14, Local Government Innovation Fund, $50,000: feasibility of multi-school district bus sharing