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

James J. Williams, David Kane

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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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBuilding Capacity in Institutional Research and Decision Support in Higher Education
    EditorsK.L. Webber
    Place of PublicationRotterdam
    ISBN (Print)9783319711614
    Publication statusPublished (VoR) - 2 Feb 2018


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