Harnessing data to collect actionable insights

Online Event

From Data to Decision: Elevating your Insights Game

In the higher education sector, as with the rest of the world, data that used to be scarce and difficult to collect is now plentiful and easily harvested.  To combat regulatory and market pressures, HE institutions collect data on practically every aspect of the student experience.

But, a crucial question remains; how do we harness this data and translate it into actionable insights that drive positive change, innovation and growth?

Following on from the success of our in-person Student Engagement Conference last year, the team at evasys were delighted to host this one-day, online event aimed at exploring the transformative potential of surveys.

Surveys as a catalyst for change

Surveys, when crafted with care and wielded with strategic intent, become far more than mere data-gathering tools. They convert into catalysts, prompting a transformative journey from information to understanding, from understanding to action, and from action to outcomes.

It’s not simply about surveys; it’s about taking control of your data, making informed decisions and driving positive change.

evasys Data and Insights On demand recording
  • Date:  Thurs 7th March 2024 

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  • Topic: Harnessing data to collect actionable insights

From Data to Decision: Elevating your Insights Game

In the higher education sector, as with the rest of the world, data that used to be scarce and difficult to collect is now plentiful and easily harvested.  To combat regulatory and market pressures, HE institutions collect data on practically every aspect of the student experience.

But, a crucial question remains; how do we harness this data and translate it into actionable insights that drive positive change, innovation and growth?

Following on from the success of our in-person Student Engagement Conference last year, the team at evasys are delighted to invite you to this one-day, online event aimed at exploring the transformative potential of surveys.

Surveys as a catalyst for change

Surveys, when crafted with care and wielded with strategic intent, become far more than mere data-gathering tools. They convert into catalysts, prompting a transformative journey from information to understanding, from understanding to action, and from action to outcomes.

It’s not simply about surveys; it’s about taking control of your data, making informed decisions and driving positive change.

Who attended the event?

The data and insights online event was specifically aimed at higher education leaders and managers who were looking for ways to enhance data-driven decision making and enhancements in their institution.

The objectives for the event included:

  • Empowering participants to maximise the value of surveys for informed decision-making and improved outcomes

  • Showcasing case studies where survey data led to positive outcomes

  • Exploring the potential impact of technological advancements on the future of survey design and analysis

  • Engaging in collaborative discussions that share experiences, challenges and best practices

  • Event Programme: Thursday 7th March 2024

1000 – 1010 Welcome and introduction
Helena Lim, evasys
 
1010 – 1045 Keynote
Aaron Porter, WonkHE
 
1045 – 1115 Induction and First-Term Surveys
Sarah Clark, Aimee Clark and Michelle Armstrong-Harris
University for the Creative Arts
1115 – 1130Break  
1130 – 1215Pre-arrival Surveys
Lia Lawson, Middlesex University and Bruce Johnson, evasys
1215 – 1300Student Basic Needs Survey 
Annabel Kiernan, Kierra Bunting and Juan Raman Mullor
Staffordshire University
 
1300 – 1400Break  
1400 – 1430Our evasys Journey at University of Derby
Paula Bushby, University of Derby 
1430 – 1500Being, Belonging, Becoming Survey
Harriet Dunbar-Morris, University of Buckingham and Celia Samater, University of Sunderland
1500 – 1515Closing Remarks and End of Formal Proceedings
Helena Lim, evasys
 
1515 – 1600Social (optional)
Not the University Challenge Quiz
  
  • We enjoyed an interactive event, where participants got involved in the discourse through live polls, breakout sessions, Q&As and virtual chat.

Speakers, presenters and panellists

Opening Keynote:

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Aaron Porter

Associate, Wonkhe and Higher Education Consultant

Aaron Porter is Director of Partnerships at Wonkhe. Aaron also has a portfolio of advisory and non-executive roles, serves on the council of Goldsmiths University and is chair of BPP University.

Universities are awash in data, from B3 metrics to graduate destinations. Yet, are we truly data-driven? In this keynote, Aaron Porter will explore the gap between data collection and impactful decision-making in higher education.

As a sector, we need move beyond post-mortem measures like NSS to unlock the power of real-time data. Imagine dynamically shaping the student experience, not just measuring it afterwards. The key lies in predictive analytics, but with it comes responsibility. Open discussions about data usage, access, and ethics are crucial. We have a moral imperative to act on the insights we glean.

Data should be a tool for collaboration, not control. Sharing analysis with student unions fosters partnership and empowers informed decision-making. And let’s not forget the financial bottom line. Smart data analysis can pinpoint struggling courses, new opportunities, and potential areas for cost reduction. In an era of tightening budgets, this is a game-changer.

Aaron will explore how to elevate your insights game. Move beyond data collection, unlock its potential, and transform your institution into a truly data-driven force for positive change.

Speakers:

  • Kierra Bunting, Education Research and Evaluation Manager, Staffordshire University
  • Paula Bushby, Academic Quality Manager, University of Derby
  • Michelle Armstrong-Harris, Senior Quality Officer, University for the Creative Arts

  • Aimee Clark, Head of Quality and Standards, University for the Creative Arts
  • Professor Sarah Clark, Pro Vice Chancellor (Student Experience), University for the Creative Arts
  • Professor Harriet Dunbar-Morris, Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic), University of Buckingham

  • Bruce Johnson, Managing Director, evasys
  • Professor Annabel Kiernan, Pro Vice Chancellor Academic, Staffordshire University
  • Lia Lawson, Director of Academic Life Cycles, Middlesex University
  • Juan Raman Mullor, Evaluation Officer, Staffordshire University
  • Celia Samater, Faculty Academic Support Lead, School of Business and Management. University of Sunderland

Chair:

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Dr Helena Lim

Head of Opportunities, evasys

Helena has worked in higher education for more than twenty five years, including senior roles at Southampton Solent University and the Higher Education Academy, as well as holding Honorary Fellowships with University of Liverpool and Aberystwyth University.

With her strong background in institutional research, Helena is the founder of the UK and Ireland Higher Education Institutional Research (HEIR) and was Co-Convenor of the European Association for Institutional Research (EAIR) Special Interest on Institutional Research for Management Decision Support from 2008 to 2015. In her role at evasys, Helena supports higher education institutions in optimising their student feedback systems to enhance the student learning process.

Hear about peer insights and shared experiences of using data as a force for good in higher education, download the slide decks and watch the session recordings!