Institutional analytics have historically had a predominant focus on education data. However, as the world grows its reliance on research to advance its technologies and ecosystems, universities are increasing their focus on supporting research. With growth in research comes growth in need for analytics to enable data-driven decision making. This special interest group started during the COVID era, and it is a place where we discuss and workshop all the challenges that institutional research units face in supporting this data-driven decision making. The group provides a forum to share ideas, improve processes, build networks of colleagues, and discuss topics such as:
Dear Academic Research Institutional Analytics SIG delegates
My name is Eva Seidel and I have been involved in the higher education sector for over 10 years. During this time, I have worked both in institutional research, planning, and analytics teams, and have recently moved to support the delivery of university research technologies and analytics. It is in my new role that I realised there was a gap in conversation within the AAIR community around how data and analytics teams support data-driven decision making in the academic research area.
With evolving data and analytics technologies, and a growing focus on research growth, quality, impact, and a need for data, this topic of conversation was inevitable. The way I like to run our SIG workshops is to brainstorm topics that participants are interested in talking about, we take a vote and then start sharing and discussing the most voted topics. We invite all members, new and returning, to come and join the conversation with us.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Academic Research Institutional Analytics SIG Chair
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