Data and Analysis For School Leadership (DASL)

​​​​​​DO YOU WANT FIELDWIDE DATA ABOUT JEWISH DAY SCHOOL FINANCIAL METRICS TO HELP YOU MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS ABOUT
YOUR SCHOOL?

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Beth Null

When getting ready to make decisions for your school do you wonder:

  • How does your school’s financial aid level compare with other schools?
  • What is tuition like in similar markets?
  • Are your salaries in line with other schools?
  • Is your attrition rate high or low?
  • Do you want field wide data about Jewish day school financial metrics to help you make informed decisions about your school?

When you know how your school compares with others, you can make informed, data-driven decisions that can strengthen your school.

Data and Analysis for School Leadership (DASL) is a data collection and reporting tool used by thousands of independent schools to access meaningful comparative school data.

Through our partnership with the National Association for Independent Schools (NAIS), Prizmah is making the Data and Analysis for School Leadership (DASL) tool available to you to explore your school’s strengths and opportunities, set goals, and understand how you fit into larger educational trends. Eighty Jewish day schools (and counting) are already using DASL.

 

We are counting on you to help increase that number giving more data for the field to use in their decision making.

 

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Orna Siegel

The most important piece - the power of DASL depends on you.

The DASL database is only as rich as the data Prizmah schools provide. We’ll admit that entering the data can take time. We’re here to provide resources to help you along the way.

Think about what you can do with this data...

You can benchmark your school against local schools that participate, the entire Prizmah Network, or a specific group of schools that you select.

Not sure how to interpret your data?

Turn to Prizmah for help. You can utilize both national and local data of schools similar to your profile to compare where your school sits. And you can showcase how your school sits with other schools with similar profiles and utilize those insights in reporting to stakeholders.

Once you start thinking about how you’d use DASL’s data, you’ll come up with many useful ways to assess your school’s place in the day school landscape.

Intrigued?

We would love to talk to you about sharing your school’s data with DASL. Contact Odelia Epstein, Director of the Prizmah Knowledge Center.

DASL FAQ

How do I get started?

Login here using your school e-mail address. If you don't know your password, click forgot password and you will be able to reset it. If you have any questions about getting set up or technical issues please contact Odelia Epstein at OdeliaE@prizmah.org.

DASL data collection is split into two data collection periods. 

DASL Foundation (includes enrollment, admissions and salary data): Open now through 10/15/21
DASL Finance ( includes revenue and expense data): Open 10/26/21 - 11/19/21

How long does it take to enter the data?

That depends on how your school collects data, and how many people are able to work on the data entry. Schools often delegate different portions of the survey to the relevant staff member—for example, an admissions professional completes the admissions section and a fundraising professional completes the advancement section. With multiple professionals working on different sections, it can take up to 1 business day of their time collectively to complete the tool. We believe the benefit of completing the tool and being able to access relevant Jewish day school benchmarking data outweighs the time commitment.

Will my school’s data be anonymous?

Your school’s data is identifiable except in the area of salary and compensation. No individual compensation data will be identifiable to your school.

Why should my school participate?

There are several good reasons for you to participate.

  • Your participation will enable your school’s leaders to make key strategic decisions with relevant comparable data.
  • The data will be available to you when you need it.
  • Prizmah uses this data to paint a portrait of the state of the field of Jewish education. That information is useful to everyone involved in the field, including individual schools, consultants, and funders. And the more data we have, the more robust and useful that portrait will be—to all stakeholders.

Is there a strategy to help make data input easier?

Here are a few strategies that schools use to input data into DASL.

  • One person inputs all the data into all sections OR
  • One person is assigned to collect the data from multiple people at the school such as the admissions director, development director, etc and input the data OR
  • School staff in various departments enter  their own department’s data. For example the business officer inputs salary data, the development director inputs development data and the admissions director inputs admissions data. Each person on staff can have their own username and login. 

Are there specific sections we should focus on completing?

We understand that DASL collects data in a lot of areas. Some of it you may have and some of it you may not have. We ask that you complete as much as you reasonably can. 

Prizmah is aiming to publish a comprehensive compensation report  on Jewish day school  salaries. We kindly request that you complete the salary and compensation sections in particular.

Hear the benefits of DASL from school professionals who use it.

 

In this webinar, Orna Siegel, a senior admissions professional and Hilary Hellman, a senior development professional to discuss how the Data and Analysis for School Leadership (DASL) tool can give you meaningful data to drive your planning and decision-making.

 

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