Data Gathering and Analysis

To continuously improve, we must continually measure. But what should we measure and how should we analyze the results? Whether you already have data or are just starting out, these tools can help you understand how well your placement processes are serving your students.

Additional Resources

Using a Fishbone Diagram

A fishbone diagram can help you identify barriers to Equitable Placement and Completion, based on data you have already created. This type of root cause analysis identifies where improvement is needed and helps develop more successful objectives for improvement.

Using a Logic Model

A logic model is a planning tool that defines the inputs, program activities and results of a program before you have begun collecting data. Use it to map out how the topic being evaluated is expected to lead to impacts and contribute to student success outcomes, as well as identify questions for further study.

Assigning Roles and Responsibilities

This worksheet helps teams identify the activity that is being planned, as well as the various personnel who will lead and assist throughout the particular phase or project.

Determining Timelines

Having a timeline ensures planning and activities proceed in an orderly fashion for institutions who have or have not collected data. This resource provides suggestions and a worked example.

Defining Questions, Measures and Predictions

This resource helps define questions, measures and predictions for integration that drive data collection and analysis based on specific objectives.

Developing a Data Collection and Analysis Plan

Developing a plan will help you choose the best sources of data to address particular evaluation questions and lay out a plan for how data collection will take place. Use this resource if you have not yet collected data or are updating your data collection and analysis plans.

Prioritizing Problems of Practice

A problem of practice is an issue that a college is struggling with or an area in which it would like to make improvements. This resource offers suggestions for identifying issues that need to be addressed first.