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MASA Leader - Fall 2016

MASA Feature TRIG Data Integration Activity Streamlining data management for Michigan schools School districts and other educational entities struggle to manage data well. The primary issue is that districts have a variety of data systems that don’t talk well with each other, creating silos of information. Where districts and ISDs lack the time, money, and talent to integrate their systems, they struggle with duplicate entry, poor data quality, and difficulty collating usable information across systems. The districts and ISDs that are able to gather sufficient resources to manually integrate systems enjoy fewer data issues, but still struggle to keep up with changing environments and data demands. Further complicating the matter is that each district has a unique combination of applications from other districts in the state. That means that integration solutions that work for one district must be tailored or re-written for other districts. It also means that any attempt to pull data consistently across districts is challenged by the different data definitions and export formats that are provided by each system. In short, data management is a major challenge for schools. Our recent ROI Study has concluded that districts in Michigan spend over 18 MASA LEADER • Fall 2016 $160 million per year on data management, data integration, data quality, and reporting data to federal and state entities. How can TRIG’s Data Integration Activity Help? The vision of TRIG’s Data Integration Activity is to streamline the use of educational information statewide, through common data and common solutions. The concept is to take the most commonly used systems in the state, in each category (SIS, SE, Food Service, Library, Learning Management, etc.) and have them all exchange information using a common set of specifica-tions. Once all systems are talking in this common language, information can be exchanged easily between systems. The initial results of that will be a significant reduction in cost and the amount of time expended on integration itself. The ROI Study concluded that the data hubs, once fully implemented, will be able to save Michigan districts $56 million of the more than $160 million currently being spent. However, the real benefit lies in the ability to pull data from systems more quickly and easily so that actionable information can be used at the school, district, regional, and state levels to improve education. By Don Dailey


MASA Leader - Fall 2016
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