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QIP Celebrates 20 Years of Business in 2024

QIP Celebrates 20 Years of Business in 2024

QIP Celebrates 20 Years of Business in 2024

QIP 20th annivesary logQIP is celebrating 20 years of business in 2024. As such, we’d like to highlight 20 notable examples of the services, initiatives, and activities that have emerged from QIP, its partners, and clients over the decades. This list is presented in no particular order and by no means covers the full spectrum of our work and culture, but it does illustrate how our team has made significant contributions to the education and data communities we serve.

1. National Data Standards: QIP led the development of the Common Education Data Standards (CEDS), including its data definitions, modeling, and communications. We review, update, and maintain more than 3,500 CEDS data elements and School Courses for the Exchange of Data (SCED) course codes each year, enabling CEDS to release 11 updates and serve as the P-20W (prekindergarten through workforce) data standard. 

2. Infographics: Our communications experts have developed scores of innovative, stylized, and effective infographics used for social media and other U.S. Department of Education (ED) communication channels for CEDS; the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC); Regional Education Laboratories (REL); the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC); the Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) grant program; the Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC); and the National Forum on Education Statistics (Forum). See some of our example infographics in Our Portfolio.

Infographic Designed by QIP

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Graphic of How QIP Provides Systems Operations Support

3. Systems Operations Support: As the IES Data Center’s technical support team, we directly service 175 USED staff, 60 surveys/programs, and 500 contractors and researchers tasked with collecting, analyzing, reporting, and disseminating IES data, publications, tools, and applications. In doing so, our team manages and operates 435 databases, 60+ virtual AWS servers, and 20+ public websites.

4. Data Management: QIP supported ED’s largest K-12 data collection as contracted leaders of the first EDFacts Data Management Team, which was responsible for defining data items, creating data review and use processes, and documenting standard operating procedures that are still used today.

How QIP Supports the Data Management Lifecycle

5. The QIP Team: More than 35 percent of our staff have been at QIP for more than 10 years, and half of us have been here for more than seven years. This longevity is a badge of honor signifying a strong culture that retains many people in this transactional economy.

6. Best Practice Guidance: Our team has developed more than 45 Forum and more than 300 SLDS best practice publications. Topics include data quality, virtual education, data governance, education indicators, personalized learning, privacy and security, and many more issues of importance to local, state, and federal audiences.

Image taken from QIP-developed IES Website Content and Design Style Guide

7. Website Redesign: QIP led the redesign of the Institute of Education Science (IES) website templates, standards, navigation, and style guides following our analysis of IES website traffic and flow and extensive needs sensing with IES program staff.

8. Public Data Sets: QIP staff collaborate with partners to create more than 150 public data files, documentation, and tables released on the USED website each year. A prime example of this effort is the CCD school membership file, which has more than 99,000 entities, 18 variables, and more than 11 million records that are collected, reviewed, processed, and released through our work.

9. Communications Strategy: A well-developed communications strategy is essential for ensuring effective, consistent, and purposeful communication that aligns with the client's goals and positively influences their target audience. QIP has developed numerous communications strategies for clients, including CEDS, SLDS, ERIC, and the WWC.

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Video Still from QIP-developed Video 

10. Cloud Migration: QIP’s Cloud team migrated IES’s physical server assets into a cloud-based Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) environment and subsequently manages the AWS architecture we designed–the first such migration to be completed at USED.

11. Videos: QIP has created more than 100 videos - live action, animated, motion graphics, and instructional - including the “” video that has 60,000 views on YouTube and the Privacy Technical Assistance Center video, “” that has been viewed nearly 100,000 times.

 

12. State Policies: QIP engaged state education agency staff during the COVID pandemic, allowing local, state, and federal agencies to track changes in guidelines for school operations, closures, and re-openings.

QIP-designed Logo

13. Stakeholder Engagement: QIP has supported a wide range of education stakeholders including state and local education representatives, building-level school leaders, researchers, and university and workforce development staff. Our experts have facilitated hundreds of discussions on education and workforce data management for USED and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

14. Logos and Icons: QIP has developed logos and custom graphics in house for many of our clients, including the SLDS Grant Program, the Forum, and CEDS. In addition to client work, our team creates free icons for anyone to use.

 

Learning Engineering Toolkit Cover

15. Learning Engineering: QIP Director of Innovation Jim Goodell, a leader in learning engineering, served as editor of the Learning Engineering Toolkit (Routledge, 2023), and our editorial staff copyedited the publication. Jim and QIP Senior Education Researcher Bridget Thomas Ph.D. wrote "A Learning Engineering Approach to Data Visualization,” in Design Recommendations for Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Volume 8.

16. User Toolkits: QIP has developed a suite of resources to support the School Courses for the Exchange of Data (SCED), including a course search tool, master list, frequently asked questions (FAQ), case studies, training videos, user guides, and a website. Our team has also developed a presentation, handouts, about the Forum Guide to Data Visualization.

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Traveling Through Time Cover

17. Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems: In 2010, QIP supported the development of a three volume best practice series –– by the National Forum on Education Statistics on planning, managing, and using SLDSs. QIP currently serves as the communications team for the SLDS grant program, developing resources with SEA staff to improve SLDS management and use.

18. Independent Research Reviews: Bridget Thomas Ph.D. helped evaluate the design, validity, generalizability, and adherence to program requirements of five studies that measured gains in preschoolers’ math and literacy skills for Ready-to-Learn television, a partnership of ED, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS.

19. Accessible Products: The QIP communications team specializes in translating highly complex concepts into language and products that are more easily understandable by non-expert audiences (). Our experts create clear, accurate, accessible, equitable, and engaging communication materials using plain language writing, graphics, layout and design, editing, Section 508 compliance, and PDF production for public website posting.

20. QIP’s Core Values: QIP’s staff developed the company's core values to reflect who QIP is as an organization and we do our best to adhere to the high standards of these values each day. This commitment is strengthened by QIP’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) team, which identifies aspects of our management and culture that can be improved to ensure that we remain a welcoming place for anyone to work.

 

 

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How QIP Cares for Its Staff