What happens when the data you collect is the answer to the wrong question?
Alan Kantrow, noted business consultant, has an article in the Harvard Business Review, and he points out that sometimes the data we measure may be the wrong data.
Kantrow discusses the current administrations educational plans, where money will go to those programs where “outcomes justify their deployment.”Outcomes like retention and graduation rates, more students hired within a reasonable period after graduation, and other factors. Kantrow agrees that these are great first steps:
“Are these useful measures? Of course. Will tracking them prove helpful to college managements? Of course. Will knowing them be relevant to students and families? Of course.”
But he adds that these are not measures of students’ performance, but measure only the efficiency of the educational process.
“If colleges use only these metrics to evaluate their performance, they will continue to repeat past errors. For, they will be measuring virtually everything except the one thing that matters most: Student learning.”
At iFormBuilder we really, really love what we do. And we’re proud of the fact that our mobile apps for Education help school districs evaluate teacher activity, building safety, and a variety of other factors that affect the educational process. Our apps let administrators, and teachers focus on what is most important– the teaching, not the paperwork.
But we as productivity developers need to take responsibility to help our clients gather the right data, the GOOD DATA, and not always the BIG DATA. And we do.
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