[Assessment 1480] Re: Using Data: Getting Staff Buy-In

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DJRosen at TheWorld.com DJRosen at TheWorld.com
Mon Dec 8 15:34:57 EST 2008


Jackie, and others,

These are important points. You don't sound snarky to me.

I wonder if the guests -- and if others here -- have examples of
instructors who have done experiments in their classes, who have got good
data, made decisions based on the data, and seen positive change as a
result. We need power-of-data narratives, by or about teachers who feel
that the data-for-decision-making process -- even if demanding and time
consuming -- is worth it. Please share these stories with us.

David J. Rosen
djrosen at theworld.com


> At the risk of sounding snarky....which I sincerely do NOT intend, I

> think that most ABE teachers are underpaid and would see using data as

> worthwhile if they were not already doing so much for so little. If

> data will lead to a better program, will it also lead to a better

> salary?

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> Also, I think it is only fair to point out that data cannot

> necessarily inform all decisions. The target population is a moving

> target, groups come and go and what holds true for one group may not

> apply to another.

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> After all that, perhaps having instructors use their own data, from

> experiments they themselves have developed and conducted, may help get

> buy-in. What do they need? What do they want to know? How can they

> find out? What can they do with the information. If people are not

> used to dealing with data, then perhaps they need to see the power of

> the data first. Then they may feel more comfortable looking at data

> from an outside source.

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> Just some thoughts from a practioner.

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> On 12/8/08, Marie Cora <marie.cora at hotspurpartners.com> wrote:

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>> How do you get staff to buy-in to a bigger focus on using data? My

>> staff

>> really see this as an extra layer of effort and work at this point.

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>> hard to get them to see that some initial work on this will eventually

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>> to better teaching and programming. Thanks.

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