Currently, there is no easy way for analysts in one school system to leverage analysts’ skills and knowledge in another state or district. Additionally, education researchers are developing advanced methods and techniques to answer important questions, but their code often remains locked in the ivory tower or in think tanks. Through an open community, we can begin to break down barriers and democratize education data analysis. Here is how:

Run Contributed Analyses:

Select the repository of analysis that you want explore from our Analysis library. Clone, download, or fork resources to your computer. Then, open the code and synthetic data, and run it with Stata or R. Adapt to your local data by cleaning and formatting your data to match the analysis specifications, and use the web guide as a resource while you code.

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Contribute New Analyses:

We invite you to take advantage of the OpenSDP platform to share your code and approach to analyzing an education problem. We invite new repositories, example data visualizations, data dashboards, causal inference techniques, and more. You select your preferred OS license for your contributions to the community. To share your work, use OpenSDP's synthetic data, generate your own, or work with publicly available data.

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Improve Existing Analyses:

We encourage you to modify, break and add to the code we’ve released thus far. Visit OpenSDP on GitHub, choose and clone your repository of interest, modify or add to it, and then send us a pull request to update the main branch of the particular OpenSDP repository.

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Join the Community:

Sometimes it is just easier to get a response from the community when you need analytic help. Ask to join OpenSDP's Slack Team to collaborate with nationwide education analysts on solving your analytic challenges.

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How to Get Started:

OpenSDP is built on the GitHub platform. To begin contributing, create a GitHub account. Using GitHub you can send us feedback, host your own example analyses, and collaborate with other members of the OpenSDP community.

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Do you have something else to share? Let us know: opensdp@gse.harvard.edu