A Focus on IR and Decision Support in the UK, Ireland, Germany, and The Netherlands

Williams, James J. and Kane, David (2018) A Focus on IR and Decision Support in the UK, Ireland, Germany, and The Netherlands. In: Building Capacity in Institutional Research and Decision Support in Higher Education. Springer, Rotterdam. ISBN 9783319711614

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Institutional research takes place in Ireland, the UK, Netherlands, and Germany and is a significant activity because decision making by institution leaders is informed by data collection; certainly teaching and learning is evidence-based rather than what academics think ‘ought to be the case’; services and facilities are changed on the basis of evidence; even (at least in theory) staff and student satisfaction is taken into account during improvement processes. However, IR is currently not recognized as a discrete activity, resulting in institutional research being done by lots of different groups, internal and external; rather than by a centralized office. Knowledge-building with senior administrators about IR, additional professional development for practitioners, and coordinated thinking will strengthen IR and decision support in the region.

Item Type: Book Section
1 May 2017Accepted
2 February 2018Published Online
Subjects: CAH22 - education and teaching > CAH22-01 - education and teaching > CAH22-01-01 - education
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Study of Practice and Culture in Education (C-SPACE)
Research, Innovation, Enterprise and Professional Services > Centre for Brexit Studies
Depositing User: David Kane
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2017 13:32
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 17:01
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5259

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