The NOAA Education Council collects and reports monitoring data on an annual basis. This page outlines the processes used by Council members to collect and report monitoring data, as well as resources to support programs with consistent data collection.
Common measures definitions
The Office of Education collects information on outputs and outcomes from education programs across NOAA using a set of common measures. To ensure that programs are reporting data that can be aggregated, we worked with programs to create shared definitions of our measures. Check out the definitions on these pages:
- PreK-12 students
- Postsecondary students
- Informal education
- Visitor attendance
- Institutions with increased educational capacity
- Education websites
Unified Data Call
The Unified Data Call (UDC) is an annual data collection from Education Council members. Programs report on one or more of the common measures based on participants and activities in the previous federal fiscal year. Each Education Council member manages their own data collection systems used to report to the UDC.
The Education Council compiles the highlights, reach, progress, and impacts of NOAA educational efforts for each federal fiscal year. The communication products developed include the annual accomplishments report and a storymap.
Check out the NOAA Education accomplishments reports page.
Implementation planning and reporting
The NOAA Education community develops implementation plans to supplement the NOAA Education Strategic Plan. Implementation planning is an annual process that allows programs to identify which actions and strategies they will use to carry out NOAA Education’s goals. The implementation planning cycle provides an opportunity to evaluate the NOAA Education portfolio on an ongoing basis, while allowing us to respond to immediate needs, opportunities, and resources.
Several individual NOAA programs host their own web pages that share their program's impact data:
- Environmental Literacy Program impacts
- José E. Serrano Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions impacts
- Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship impacts
- Bay Watershed Education and Training impacts
- Teacher at Sea Program evaluation
- Sea Grant Program