IDEA Data Center (IDC)

The IDEA Data Center (IDC) is a national technical assistance (TA) center that provides universal, targeted, and intensive TA to build capacity within states for collecting, reporting, analyzing, and using high-quality IDEA Part B data. IDC focuses on Part B data requirements under Sections 616 and 618 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for programs serving children and students ages 3 through 21 with disabilities and their families.

IDC provides a comprehensive set of services to help states and, working in conjunction with states, their local education agencies develop and sustain a culture of high-quality data. IDC State Liaisons and TA specialists work on site and virtually with state teams to address state-specific data-quality needs. IDC develops and disseminates tools and products, presents webinars, holds virtual meetings and peer-to-peer exchanges, facilitates data manager connections, and supports other networking through its state-of-the-art website and multimedia social outreach activities. IDC’s national meetings, such as its Interactive Institutes and data manager summits, allow state teams with Part B IDEA data responsibilities to meet with content experts and colleagues to share data-quality challenges and explore solutions.

Building state capacity for high-quality IDEA data is essential as states assess programmatic strengths and areas for improvement and evaluate progress toward desired results. In turn, states apply higher quality data to drive systems change and improve outcomes for all children and youth with disabilities served under IDEA, Part B, and their families.

Director(s): Julie Bollmer, Tom Fiore

Specialty Area

  • Data Systems
  • Education Leadership
  • Equity
  • Part B – 619

Primary Audience

  • State Education Agencies


  • Coaching
  • Consulting
  • Content Expertise
  • Convening Stakeholders
  • Facilitation



All States

Level of Support


Additional Information

Other Specialty Areas: Data Collection, Reporting, Analysis, and Use, Data Quality, Educational Leadership, Equity and Addressing Success Gaps in Learning, Evaluation