1. Determine what information is necessary to move forward.
Determine what information is needed to move priorities forward according to the department's priorities, as well the vision of the university and division.
2. Develop a relevant question.
Develop a question that is relevant to the aforementioned priorities, and provides meaningful information for stakeholders. Consider the scope of your question relative to what is already known throughout the university and in the literature. Weigh the costs of the investigation against the importance of gaining an answer.
3. Determine the process to be used to investigate the question.
How will the question be answered? Determine the process that will be used to investigate the question, considering feasibility, time constraints and potential IRB requirements.
1. Review relevant knowledge and information around the topic.
Review of relevant knowledge and information around the topic from previous investigations, both from literature and locally on campus.
2. Identify or create appropriate methods for data collection and analysis.
Carefully consider the best ways in which the data could be obtained, take opportunities to collaborate, and being with a plan.
3. Collect data.
Collect data according to the plan you have created. Make appropriate adjustments as needed. Always consider ethics, commitments, resources, collaborators and best practices in data collection, as well as potential biases.
Analyze and Interpret
1. Engage in data analysis.
Reflect on all data collected — make meaning that considers students as central stakeholders.
2. Complete a comprehensive review.
Involve stakeholders where appropriate in order to understand data within the context in which the information was collected. Compare to benchmarks and national standards.
3. Construct meaning from data.
Reflect upon what your data means in the context of the original inquiry. Was the question answered? Think critically about what this knowledge brings to your department and your future inquiries.
1. Based on results, determine necessary changes or interventions.
Let your results guide the planning process for taking action. Determine interventions needed and weigh options against urgency and costs. Utilize data analysis, interpretation, and stakeholder feedback to determine an evidence-based framework for creating change.
2. Develop strategies and allocate resources to implement change.
With the needs of the organization in mind, negotiate various stakeholder input and examine the current landscape of available resources. Prioritize use of existing resources, leveraging existing systems, and collaboration with units. Create a plan for resource allocation.
3. Determine if actions were effective.
Use the Culture of Inquiry Model framework to determine whether the actions implemented were effective and to inform subsequent planning and decision-making.