Men with plastic pocket protectors and clip-on ties get much credit for laying the groundwork for the computer revolution. However, there are three women to whom we must acknowledge significant credit for the progress toward longitudinal data systems in the P20W arena.
Without the optimistic spirit and positive attitude of Polly Analyst, the momentum to continue to pursue the questions at the heart of data-driven decision making would have been lost.
Then the inspiration of Joan of Archiving inspired folks to build the longitudinal records that are essential to the multi-year analytics upon which we now rely.
Finally, Madam Query taught us to formulate the policy questions that cut across the P20W data sources that are now available.
The Eduguru speaks: I am truly grateful. Together, these three women enabled us to design systems with the models, repositories, and analytical power that are necessary to achieve the full measure of return on our investments.