Using Data to Illuminate Education

Vela Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to evaluation, analytics and data tracking to education partners to improve student and community outcomes. Established in 2017, Vela Institute accomplishes its mission through applied research, data analytics, and the use of evidence-based practices. 


Making data accessible and relevant through Vela’s student data-tracking system and data visualizations. 

External Evaluation

Support organizations efforts to understand and demonstrate impact. 

Professional Development

Increase organization capacity to make evidenced based decisions

Performance Insights (Pi)  is the most powerful and user-friendly GEAR UP system in the nation. It was designed BY educators FOR educators. With Pi you can easily upload student-level data, track student progress, and define milestones.

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Vandalia Schools COVID Learning

Vela Institute used projection models based on past performance to forecast testing achievement to explore the possible impact of COVID 19

GRCC GEAR UP Evaluation

Vela Institute used a mixed-method evaluation framework to determine the extent to which GRCC GEAR UP increases postsecondary enrollment of cohort students.

ISAC Curriculum Evaluation

Vela Institute conducted an external evaluation to better understand the delivery of ISAC’s Developmental Curriculum and determine its effect on student outcomes.

Thomas University Talent Search

Vela Institute developed an educator survey to assess College Going Culture while tracking students’ postsecondary outcomes.

Evidence Based Practices

Part of Vela’s mission is to promote a culture of evidence-based decision-making. To the left is our seven-phase model to improve both critical thinking and evidence quality.

What is a Good Decision?

Good Decisions are informed by professional experience, scientific research, and benchmarking data.

What is EBP?

Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) is Vela’s model for using data and analytics to improve program insights and outcomes. 

How Will This Help My Students?

Many organizational decisions are not based on evidence derived from research. Failing to back up decisions with credible evidence leads to missed opportunities and loss of impact.

Contact Us


(828) 719-7116



237 Chestnut Hill Dr. Boone, NC 28607

Data Security Policy

The security of your information is important to us. We take a number of organizational, technical and physical measures designed to protect the information we collect, both during transmission and once we receive it. 

To see Vela’s summary of data practices and security policy, click here.