If your work involves finding, analyzing, and communicating distance education data, you’re probably aware that much of this type of data is readily available. The tricks are knowing: where to find the data you actually need, how to analyze it and put it into a format you can use, how to determine which data is relevant to your various audiences, and how to communicate the data in meaningful ways. This session will focus on the sources of DE data related directly to CCCs, especially the CO Data Mart, the CVC, and your own local institutional research office. Outline: The key metrics (data) that could be useful and appropriate for various positions, audiences, and purposes at your college. Where you can find useful and relevant data. Discussion of different ways that colleges provide DE data to stakeholders, and ways that DE leaders can help to make this as useful as possible. Quick overview of potential sources for college, regional, state, and national DE data. How to access and work with data from the CO Data Mart (and CVC?) . Ideas for effective data contextualization, presentation, and visualization. From retrospective reporting to proactive planning and action: a discussion on using data for strategic planning and improving the effectiveness of DE.