Getting started

The Education-to-Career (E2C) Research and Data Hub is a growing resource for longitudinal data on education in Massachusetts, including early childhood, K-12, higher education, and the workforce. This page will help you understand how to find and use available public data.

Search for data

Browse, search, and sort publicly available assets, which include datasets and visualizations such as tables, charts, maps, data lenses, and stories. You can perform a keyword searchfilter by category, and view type or topic. Then sort results by:
  • most relevant
  • most accessed
  • recently updated
When you search for a term, results will list all of the datasets where the term appears in any of the indexed fields. Results automatically include common variations of the same root term. For example, searching for "educational," will also match “education,” “educating,” and “educate.”
Suggest a dataset
Don't see what you're looking for? Use our inquiry form to ask about data or suggest a new dataset to add. Assets are updated regularly, so be sure to bookmark this site and check back often for the latest data and information.

Analyze and visualize data

When you click on a dataset, you will be taken to its  overview page, which contains all its metadata — information describing the data and how to use it. Choose "Data" from the menu on the top left of the page to preview the data table. Select the blue "Actions" button on the top right for options to query, visualize, and export.
Copy select rows or values
From the data preview table, select the row you want to copy, which will highlight the row, then copy with the keyboard shortcut:
  • PC: Ctrl+C
  • Mac: CMD+C
To copy a single cell value:
  • Select the cell you want to copy — this will highlight the row for that cell.
  • Select the cell again while holding down either Ctrl on PC or Command on Mac — this will outline the cell.
  • Copy the cell using the appropriate keyboard shortcut. The cell is highlighted when it is copied.
To copy multiple values:
  • Select the cells while holding down either Ctrl on PC or CMD on Mac, which will outline the selected cells.
  • Copy the cells using the appropriate keyboard shortcut. The cells are highlighted when they are copied.
Sort and filter a dataset
A built-in tool allows you to sort, filter, or even reshape datasets before you download them or create visualizations. Some data users might prefer to download the whole dataset and work with the data using their own tools, but if you want to try the built-in tools, this video demonstrates how to:
  • sort by a single column
  • sort by multiple columns
  • create a filter 
  • filter results for "and/or"
Note: The dataset landing page has been redesigned. Select the blue "Actions" button at the top right and choose "Query data" to use tools to group, sort and filter.
Group data
This tutorial explains how to group rows of data and summarize numerical data in a dataset. 
Note: While the video also explains how to save and find your filters and visualizations, the E2C Hub does not currently support private user accounts for this purpose.
Create a chart
Familiarize yourself with the visualization canvas with this walk-through on creating a basic column chart.

Note: The dataset overview page (previously called a primer page) has been redesigned. To access the visualization canvas, select the blue "Actions" button at the top right, choose "Visualize" from the drop-down menu and then "Create visualization."
Create visualization drill downs
Visualization drill downs create hierarchies of information in bar, column, and pie charts allowing users to click on specific components of a chart to explore the data within that particular section of the visualization. These hierarchies are flexible, allowing users to drill down into any of the dimensions in the hierarchy in any order of their choosing. Learn how in this tutorial.
Embed a chart
Learn how to format and embed a published visualization on your webpage.

Download data

On the dataset's overview page, select the "Export" to the right of the blue "Actions" button to download the full dataset. Or sort and filter data before downloading by selecting "Query data" from the Actions menu. Exported data are available in a number of formats:
  • CSV (Comma Separated Values)
  • CSV for Excel (Tab Separated Values)
  • CSV for Excel (Europe)
  • RDF
  • RSS (with GeoRSS information if there is a Location column in the dataset)
  • TSV for Excel 
  • XML
If the dataset contains geospatial information (point, line, polygon, etc.), it will have additional output formats:
  • KML
  • KMZ
  • Shapefile
  • Original
  • GeoJSON
Screen grab of data export options.