Data & Impact

CollegeSpring supports continuous, dynamic research to improve the quality and breadth of our programs by supporting data-driven decision making; to track our long-term impact on our students’ success; and to share with the wider college access communities what we learn through our research. In other words, CollegeSpring uses data to improve the quality, reach, and depth of its impact on students’ lives.

What Data CollegeSpring Collects

We collect the following information nationally during our programs:

  • Student Entrance Surveys: demographics to assess reach of our programs; baseline college/SAT attitudes to assess impact
  • Instructor, Mentor Entrance Surveys: teaching experience/background to assess quality of recruitment; satisfaction with training to assess training quality; expectations for the year to assess seasonal staff needs
  • Administrator Surveys: satisfaction with program and service to assess service quality and administrator needs
  • Site Surveys: monthly assessments of program implementation by CollegeSpring staff to assess program quality and make changes in real time
  • Diagnostic Test Performance: student scores on diagnostic SATs to assess student progress and impact
  • Student Exit Surveys: program experience to assess program and service quality; post-program college/SAT attitudes to assess impact; contact information (optional) to contact students with resources, studies, opportunities for engagement
  • Instructor, Mentor Exit Surveys: program experience to assess program and service quality; recommendations of outstanding students for engagement opportunities

We also collect the following information after programs are completed:

  • Actual SAT scores to assess impact on actual SAT performance
  • National Student Clearinghouse college enrollment, persistence to assess impact on college outcomes

How CollegeSpring Uses Data: Performance Measurement

We assess that data against the following categories of Core Metrics to ensure that we are meeting our performance goals and driving impact in a way that is consistent with our values and competencies:

  • Program Reach: number and characteristics of students served
    • Assessment: Is CollegeSpring reaching low-income and underrepresented students with academic need?
  • Recruitment & Training Quality: characteristics of mentors and instructors; training satisfaction
    • Assessment: Is CollegeSpring recruiting and retaining high-quality mentors and instructors likely to support student success?
    • Assessment: Is CollegeSpring providing mentors and instructors with exceptional training that prepares seasonal staff to teach students?
  • Service Quality: satisfaction with program and service (administrator, instructor, mentor)
    • Assessment: Is CollegeSpring providing partners with exceptional support for program implementation?
    • Assessment: Is CollegeSpring programming meeting the needs of partners and their students?
  • Program Outcomes: changes in student SAT and college outcomes; student satisfaction with the program
    • Assessment: Is CollegeSpring having an immediate impact on students’ likelihood of accessing a high-quality college education?
    • Assessment: Is CollegeSpring providing programming that meets students’ needs?
  • Long-Term Impact: official SAT scores; actual college enrollment/persistence
    • Assessment: Is CollegeSpring having a long-term impact on students’ educational outcomes?
    • Assessment: What are the gaps in CollegeSpring’s services to students?

How CollegeSpring Uses Data: Best Practices & Data-Driven Tools

In addition to on-going performance measurement, CollegeSpring uses data to conduct research on the best practices in recruitment, hiring, training, program implementation, and classroom teaching that promote student success. For example, CollegeSpring has produced reports on best practices around diagnostic testing, mentor group sizes, student-mentor relationships, and program implementation plans. This research has also resulted in academic publication (e.g., Woods & Preciado, In Press; Preciado, 2014). 

These reports are regularly used by CollegeSpring staff as tools to help guide programmatic decision-making.


 Reports & Presentations

How does CollegeSpring change students' lives?

This one-pager visually represents CollegeSpring’s theory of change – a model of the way CollegeSpring’s program changes students’ academic trajectories and futures.

Theory of Change

What is the evidence for CollegeSpring's impact on students?

These reports detail the impact of CollegeSpring on student testing, college admission, college enrollment, and college matching outcomes.

Long-Term Impact Report

Long-Term Impact Report (short) 

Fiscal Year 2014 SAT & College Report 

Comparison Schools Report

What are the results for each cycle of CollegeSpring programs?

What data-driven tools does CollegeSpring have for running effective programs?

What does CollegeSpring's data say about college access more broadly?

CollegeSpring collaborates on academic research to contribute to research on college access. This section includes presentations and publications from that work.

Society for Personality and Social Psychology 2014 Poster


What’s New at CollegeSpring Data & Impact?

CollegeSpring Data & Impact Featured in Upcoming Webinars

October 14th, 2015 /Mariana Preciado

CollegeSpring’s Data & Impact processes are being highlighted in two upcoming webinars for the broader College Access and NPO communities. Please see below for more information about these webinars and how to sign up to hear more about Data &…  Learn more


CollegeSpring’s First Formative Evaluation

For the second Data & Impact blog post, I wanted to give an update on one of our major projects. We are currently in the middle of our first formative evaluation. This project started in May 2014 and will wrap…  Learn more


Introducing Data & Impact at CollegeSpring

June 29th, 2015 /Mariana Preciado

Welcome to the home on the web for Data & Impact at CollegeSpring! Here you can read up on our Data & Impact activities, including program cycle reports, program best practices, and analyses of our impact on student success. We will also…  Learn more


CollegeSpring Improves College Matriculation and Matching, Finds New Report

July 3rd, 2014

Los Angeles, CA, July 3, 2014 – With larger cohorts of CollegeSpring students now entering college, CollegeSpring is excited to be able to report meaningfully on college matriculation. Dr. Mariana Preciado, CollegeSpring’s Michael & Susan Dell Foundation-funded Director of Research…  Learn more