BENCHMARKING SURVEY WITH DASL
DASL is an online tool independent schools can use to find actionable data related to all aspects of their school operations, including admission, enrollment, salaries, and more. A collaboration of more than 40 associations, DASL is the independent school community's repository of clean, comprehensive, usable data. In DASL, you can run benchmarking reports to compare your schools' figures to national or regional figures, or to the customized comparison group of schools that you choose.
- Review the list of participating associations and the list of associations to which your school is tied in DASL (listed below the navigation menu on the left). Let them know if there are any changes.
- Review the list of users in the User Permissions section. Depending on your data entry approach, you may need to add users. Remember to set the correct permissions for anyone who will be inputting data!
- Share the video tutorials (or just the relevant videos) with those that will be entering data.
- Alert your team about the data entry dates (June 14 - October 14).
Read more about why independent schools should use DASL’s data benchmarking tools, and then take the coming weeks to make sure your team is ready. Data entry began on June 14, and the data entry period will close on October 14.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact DASL by NAIS at email@example.com.
What's new in DASL this year?
Based on valuable feedback, they made the following upgrades to DASL prior to 2022–2023 data entry:
- removed datapoints to streamline key categories like enrollment, financial aid, employee and board counts;
- improved advancement data by removing the donor hierarchy practice;
- partnered with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) to align DASL advancement data with Global Reporting Standards;
- and launched a new DASL layout! Visit their homepage to start preparing today.
What this collaboration means:
- Fewer surveys. When you put your data in DASL, it will go to many of the organizations to which your school belongs.
- Shorter surveys. Based on characteristics you provide, your school will see only the questions relevant to you. For example, girls’ schools will not be asked for boys’ enrollment.
- More choices. This year, you will have the option of downloading an Excel template into which you can enter your data, then upload the file to DASL, confirm your data populated correctly, and finalize your entry.
- Faster system. DASL is
onthe cloud, with state-of-the artsecurity and speed.