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Mike English

Mike English
President / CEO

Recent Posts

Announcing the 2019 Project of the Year Award Recipients

Over the years, we’ve been honored to have the opportunity to work with a wide range of school administrators, business officials, and members of community organizations across the country on their projects and presentations. As the use of...

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Announcing 2018 Project of the Year Recipients

Over the last six years, it’s been a real honor to be able to work with numerous school administrators, business officials, and other members of community organizations on numerous projects and presentations. As analytics continues to grow in the...

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Why 5?

From time to time, curious clients and prospects ask us about our corporate name…Forecast5™.  They essentially want to know how we came up with the name and “what does it mean”?  The answer is pretty simple. It is a word play on our core mission...

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Announcing 2017 Project of the Year Recipients

Over the last five years, it’s been a real honor to be able to work with hundreds of school administrators on numerous projects and presentations.  As analytics continues to grow in the public sector, we continue to be encouraged by the...

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Beyond ESSA: How to Drive Strategic Decisions by Tapping Required Student Data Measurements

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides states the flexibility to chart their own paths about how to meet the requirements of the legislation. With plans due to the U.S. Department of Education in September 2017, schools will soon need to...

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Beyond Standard Test Scores: Measuring and Impacting College and Career Readiness

High school standardized test scores can be an important element in measuring student achievement as well as college and career readiness. However, depending on the exam and the timeframe within which it is taken, the results may leave little...

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Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: Aligning Spending to the Strategic Plan

One of our K-12 data themes for this year is “academic return on investment.”  We are trying to identify new methods and visuals to link functional investments (expenditures) to academic outcomes.  In this effort, we have recently rolled out some...

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Multiyear Financial Projections: An Essential Undertaking

In this era of limited resources and continued financial strain, school business officials need to combine accounting and analysis, along with compelling communication skills, to meet the present and future needs of their organizations.

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Making Every Digit Count

For 15+ years our team has been developing multi-year financial forecasts using “rolled up” or summarized data from Annual Financial Reports (AFRs). The new 5Cast platform, which was introduced to the market last year, is driven off of a local...

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Five Year Financial Projection Q&A

Local government leaders that approach a five year financial projection with a strategic perspective understand that a financial projection is more than just a spreadsheet. A meaningful multi-year financial forecast can produce tremendous value...

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Branding Your Organization With Open Data

You may be working on building your organization’s brand in the area of data-driven decision making.Local governments around the country are beginning to use analytics to find new resources, increase service levels, and create efficiencies for...

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Using Business Intelligence for School Budgeting and Forecasting

Developing and Presenting a (Business) Intelligent Budget

The budgeting season is well under way.  And, for most public sector CFOs, the challenge with this year's budget is not going to be how to spend new resources of money.

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