Kentucky Skills U values data-driven leadership, strategic planning, and performance goal-building. In the words of the indomitable Sherlock Holmes, “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.” As the state’s official longitudinal data system, The Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYStats) has the data. This session will focus on vital steps Kentucky Skills U took after accessing and analyzing the data contained in the new KYStats Adult Education Feedback Report. This valuable report provides a near-history perspective on Kentuckians’ progress through GED® attainment, employment, and post-secondary education. Session participants will come away with a greater understanding of how to leverage KYStats resources for strategic planning by examining how Kentucky Skills U navigated the process.