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INK > Data & Research > Research Agenda Research Agenda

The Governance Committee is required to establish and guide the research agenda of INK. To meet this requirement, an initial set of 23 policy questions were created to define and guide the effort of INK and the development of the system. The 23 questions are not part of the research agenda, but exist to serve as examples of questions that could be answered with INK data. These questions are part of the printble version of the Research Agenda along with the 23 sample research questions which you can find here.

Longitudinal Focus

The Research Agenda reflects the Governance Committee’s commitment to longitudinal analyses of critical education and workforce transitions and outcomes. The focus will be what happens to students before and after critical transitions. For the intended purposes, data will be provided to the INK system from these four partner agencies in conjunction with the Management Performance Hub.

  • Indiana Department of Education
  • Indiana Department of Workforce Development
  • Indiana Family and Social Services Administration
  • Indiana Commission for Higher Education

For example:

Analysis of the postsecondary readiness, access, location retention and completion will be examined, when available, in the context of the academic experiences, achievement, and life circumstances of Indiana students in early childhood and the Pre-K-12 Indiana public education system and/or prior workforce experiences.

Similarly, all analyses of the workforce transition or outcomes will be conducted in the context of the academic experiences, achievement, and life circumstances of Indiana residence, which may include early childhood, Pre-K-12 data, postsecondary education or technical training, or both, as well as prior workforce experiences.

Critical Criteria

All research analysis will include examinations and reporting of how results vary by different criteria. Such criteria include: 1) socioeconomic status, 2) demographics, 3) special education services, 4) Indiana’s K-12 public education, 5) Indiana’s public postsecondary education, 6) early childhood, 7) technical training

INK’s data was built to support research questions that fall into the following categories. These research categories have been approved by the Governance Committee:

Education Readiness, Career Readiness, & Program Effectiveness




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