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Title: The Role of Institutional Research in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

The Role of Institutional Research inDelta Sigma
Theta Sorority, Inc.
2014 Regional Conference
2013 - 2015 Institutional Research Task Force
Thelma James Day, Ed.D. Natalie Tindall,
Ph.D. Co-Chair Co-Chair
  • Crystal Adams, Ed.D.
  • Sarah Chapman, Ph.D.
  • Gwendolyn Combs, Ph.D.
  • Lauren Davis
  • Morgan Franklin
  • Jerlena Griffin-Desta
  • Mary Howard-Hamilton, Ed.D.
  • Alison Harmon, Ed.D.
  • Corliss Heath
  • Alyxis Johnson
  • Treva Lee, Ph.D.
  • Floraline Stevens, Ph.D.
  • Joyce D. Williams

Workshop Goals
  • Provide a relevant definition of institutional
  • Define the role of institutional research in
    Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Describe the importance of institutional research
  • Identify the goals of the Institutional Research
    Task Force

How Do You Benefit from This Workshop?
  • What Would You Like to Learn in This Session?
  • What Would You Like to Leave This Session With?

What is Institutional Research?
  • Research conducted within an institution to
    provide information which supports
  • institutional planning
  • program evaluation and assessment
  • policy formation
  • decision making

Questions for Institutional Research
  • Institutional research seeks answers to specific
    questions. For example, in higher education,
    questions may include
  • How many sections of a specific course should be
  • By what amount should tuition rates be increased
    to produce a target amount of tuition income?
  • Is attrition a problem at our institution?
  • Are our faculty salaries competitive with those
    paid by peer institutions?
  • Are the outcomes of our degree programs what the
    stated purposes of the programs suggest
    they should be?

Outcomes of Institutional Research
  • To improve
  • To inform
  • To prove
  • To support

Why Do We Need This?
Can You Tell Me...
  • How many hours members of the sorority have
    worked on community service?
  • How many members of Delta Sigma Theta own a home?
  • What is the percentage of Sorors who are
    legacies? Are in the U. S. Armed Forces?
  • In how many chapters are the national programs of
    Delta Sigma Theta being implemented?
  • What is the average GPA of collegiate Sorors in
    this region?
  • What is the rate of retention for your chapter?

Does Our Mission Fit With
  • Who we are, what we are, what we do, how big is
    our impact, and where we are making our impact?
  • Does the Five Point Programmatic Thrust align
    with the needs and issues of the 21st century?
  • This is why Institutional Research in Delta Sigma
    Theta Sorority, Inc. matters.

Goal of theNational Institutional Research Task
  • As the vehicle to collecting data, the National
    Institutional Research Task Forces goal is to
  • Collect and provide factual data to be used by
    the leadership for
  • Institutional planning
  • Program evaluation and assessment
  • Policy formation and decision making

What kinds of Institutional Research questions
does Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.need to
Data Gathering
  • The National Institutional Research Task Force is
    working collaboratively with the
  • National Executive Committee
  • Standing and Ad Hoc Committees
  • Membership to obtain data about the Sorority and
    its initiatives.

2013 - 2015 Deliverables
  • Enhance leadership and policy development
  • Program effectiveness through research
  • Conduct studies
  • Provide support

Where Does Research Fit in With Your Chapter?
Applying the Definition to Your Chapter
  • Research conducted within a chapter to
  • Provide locally relevant and specific
    information, which supports
  • Chapter planning
  • Program evaluation and assessment
  • Policy formation
  • Chapter decision making

Evaluation and Assessment
  • It is vital to conduct an evaluation and
    assessment of your chapters programs
  • to illustrate the impact of the chapters
    programs and activities
  • to demonstrate the difference the chapter is
    making in the community
  • to improve the efficiency of delivery mechanisms
  • to verify that youre doing what you think you
    are doing
  • to produce data that can be used to promote
    services and activities
  • Available Resource National Council of

  • Evaluation of Outcomes

If your chapter
would it be missed?
Types of Program Evaluation
  • Goals-based evaluations
  • Process-based evaluations
  • Outcomes-based evaluations

Levels of Evaluation
  • Level 1 Reactions and Feelings
  • Level 2 Learning
  • Level 3 Changes in Skills/Behavior
  • Level 4 Improved Performance/Results

How to Collect Data
  • Methods
  • Document Review
  • Interviews
  • Focus Groups
  • Observations
  • Surveys

Analysis and Interpretation
  • Quantitative
  • Qualitative
  • Mixed Methods

Quantitative Analysis
  • Numerically measure and characterize outcomes by
    statistical methods
  • Average
  • Frequency/percentage
  • Software is available for entry into a computer
  • Survey Monkey
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Yahoo/Google Groups

Quantitative Example
  • Sample questions
  • 1. What is your highest level of education
  • ____Grade School ____High School
  • ____Some college ____College Graduate
  • 2. How many hours were spent volunteering
  • at a program?

Qualitative Data Analysis
  • Coding
  • Categorizing
  • Summary

Qualitative Data Analysis
  • Example - Delta Census Survey
  • Open ended question(s)
  • Imagine you were to give advice to the national
    leadership. Please write 1 or 2 sentences about
    what she should do to prepare the Sorority for
    the next
  • 100 years.

Questions or Concerns?
You can email the Taskforce at dstinstitutionalres
  • Significance of Institutional Research
  • Data-driven results
  • Decision-making based on factual data
  • Substantive initiatives and narratives
  • Accountability for programming and membership
  • Internal and external efficacy