Data-Driven Dialogue

Data-driven dialogue is "a collective process designed to create shared understandings of issues and events using information from many different sources.  It separates inquiry, analysis and problem finding from the rush to decide and the rush to act."  (Wellman, Lipton 40)

Our district is providing intensive training to our building principals on how to lead these discussions with their staff on using data to best serve all student needs.


  • To develop practical structures for using data to focus group's attention and energy;
  • To understand and apply a three-phase model for guiding data-driven dialogue;
  • To extend a repertoire of tools for mediating productive group learning, planning, and problem solving; and
  • To explore methods for surfacing multiple perspectives and frames of references.