Project Director Amy L. Sales discusses the value of JData's day school benchmarking project and of comparison to the field as a tool for schools to better understand areas of strength and of potential improvement.
In response to JData's report, "Part-time Schools: A Mighty System Slowly Wanes," Shinui Project Director Anna Marx continues the part-time school conversation and raises questions to explore about the future of the field.
Aaron Saxe, program officer at the Jim Joseph Foundation, discusses the value of one-the-ground site visits—including with the "small but mighty" JData team—in strengthening relationships and improving understanding.
Project Director Amy L. Sales contributes to RAVSAK's Summer 2015 HaYidion newsletter. She discusses the arguments for ongoing school research, how schools can begin to build a research practice, and how schools can get on and stay on the Wheel of Action Research.
JCamp 180 Mentor Natasha Dresner discusses making data-based decisions about overnight camp top professional compensation and points to JData's 2015 Jewish Nonprofit Overnight Camp Top Management Salary report as a "good starting point" for internal salary conversations.
Project Director Amy L. Sales contributes to the Network for Research in Jewish Education (NRJE) Spring 2015 newsletter. She discusses findings about enrollments of day schools that participated in the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE) Recruitment and Retention Academy from JData's "Data's Role in Growing Enrollment" report.
Executive Director Jonathan "J.C." Cohen contributes an opinion piece to eJewish Philanthropy. He discusses the significance of data collection and thoughtful analysis in planning and decision-making, as well as JData's role in harnessing the power of data for Jewish educational organizations.
JData findings are included in an article in The Jewish Advocate discussing how Boston area day schools are dealing with affordability issues stemming from rising tuition rates and the importance of financial aid. Data suggest that Boston area schools give financial assistance to approximately 64% of students; 20% higher than the average for the North America. The sizes of these packages are also larger, averaging $12,000 versus the national average of only $9,000.
Project Director Amy L. Sales contributes to the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE) blog in a post featuring opinions from various Jewish thinkers on day school affordability. In the post, Amy explains that "'conventional wisdom' will likely be upended by data" in the coming year, as more schools use JData to track changes and relationships between their costs, enrollment and tuition and use this information to make policy decisions.
Responding to a March 21 article by Daniel Bloom, Project Director Amy L. Sales contributed an opinion piece to eJewish Philanthropy. She describes how JData is working to achieve Bloom's vision of a common application for grant funding, and contends: "It is the quantitative data that show the contours of funding and make it possible to assess impact over time."
Project Director Amy L. Sales guest blogs on the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE) blog, discussing the collective impact of JData. She writes: "If our view is large enough, our actions (as local as they may be) will change the world." This post was also included in the December 7, 2011 eJewish Philanthropy daily update.
Cohen Center Director Leonard Saxe argues in The Jewish Advocate that we need to think about Jewish education in new ways, starting with systematic information. He points to JData as a system that connects the silos in Jewish education and helps us understand the full "lay of the land."
At a press event on October 8, 2010 at Brandeis House in New York, Project Director Amy Sales announced the national launch of JData.com. The event marked the beginning of 2010-11 data collection in communities across North America.