Survey Says… Now What?: Translating Data into Practice in Higher Ed
Concurrent Session 3
Design, data, and dissemination- oh my! Using research to promote changes in practice and policy is no walk in the park. Join our research team for a down-to-earth discussion on how to engage in data-informed decision-making at your institution.
Many universities collect staggering amounts of data. Unfortunately, it often collects dust instead of being used to drive decision-making. In this session, we will explore how to engage in research that leads to action. This session is rooted in a mixed methods study that our team conducted in May 2021 on the experiences of fully-online undergraduate and graduate students at a comprehensive regional university. After providing an overview of our study design, we will discuss the process of collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data. From there, we will highlight challenges that emerged in disseminating our findings and translating them into practice and policy. Next, we will explore how we documented data-informed decision-making for our accrediting body. Finally, we will share lessons learned during this process and our plan for future iterations. To promote interaction during our presentation, participants will be encouraged to submit questions, insights, and anecdotes pertaining to each stage [study design; data collection and analysis; translation; documentation; iteration]. The final 10 minutes will be set aside for discussion and idea-sharing. Attendees will depart this session with a list of key considerations and questions for each of these five stages. While this session is accessible to all attendees, it is particularly geared towards researchers, administrators, instructional support staff, and technologists.