Data For Impact


The Data for Impact (D4I) Initiative builds off our foundational data initiative – Equity Counts, funded by the Ballmer Group. Equity Counts established a common approach to measuring opportunity youth (OY) outcomes across the OYF network; a “Data Use Framework” that describes the different ways that OY collaboratives might ultimately use the data they collect; and also supported other data capacity assessment and planning work.

In the Data for Impact (D4I) Initiative, we are continuing to utilize:

The Four Common Measures:

  • Overall community disconnection rate: The rate of young people disconnected from work and school (i.e., opportunity youth).
  • High school disconnection rate: The rate of young people without a high school diploma/GED and not working who are disconnected from high school.
  • Postsecondary disconnection rate: The rate of young people with a high school diploma/GED, without a postsecondary credential who are disconnected from postsecondary education and not working.
  • Workforce disconnection rate: The rate of young people with a postsecondary credential, but not enrolled in postsecondary, who are disconnected from the workforce.

[An infographic summarizing 2019 Common Measures data can be found here.]

The OYF Data Use Framework
This framework outlines six ways cross-sector efforts can use data.

table of RBA sessions

Current Data for Impact Work

The Data for Impact Initiative, a Ballmer Group funded project, focuses on two goals to drive equity and continuous improvement within OYF:

  • To build the capacity of OYF collaboratives to support the collection and utilization of data, ongoing assessment of site progress, and ongoing codification and distribution of knowledge, and
  • To provide investments to communities to accelerate progress, catalyze local investment, including leveraging, scaling and sustaining public dollars.
    Our theory of change (Exhibit 1) outlines how we intend to achieve the goals of the Data for Impact initiative.

Exhibit 1: Data for Impact Theory of Change

Theory of change diagram

Data for Impact Strategies

To accomplish these goals, the Data for Impact Initiative has identified four strategies that, together, build a base of practices to support OYF communities on their data journey. The strategies are:

table describing Grantmaking, TA, Policy and Assessment functions

Continue reading to learn more about the four Data for Impact Strategies.