"The results of the Workplace Climate Survey provided us with baseline metrics as well as solid feedback that we will be integrating into our strategic plan to ultimately guide the improvement of our institution.  We are most appreciative of the work done by IDEA in developing the survey as well as the exceptional support received during its implementation."
- Cheryl Lutz, Director of Assessment and Accountability, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

Research Consulting Services

Survey Development 

IDEA offers assistance with survey development, ranging from review of existing home-grown instruments to creating questionnaires from scratch. Our team is experienced at writing questions, designing and administering surveys, and conducting item analyses of piloted instruments.   

Available Services

  • Consult on item development
  • Write survey items
  • Develop web-based surveys 

Sample scenario: An institution has decided to revamp their current end-of-course student feedback instrument. The faculty want the instrument to be home-grown and specific to their institution’s needs, but would like assistance with item writing and survey development. 


Data Analysis 

IDEA's team of researchers and statisticians develops quantitative data collection systems and manages large data sets. We conduct higher-order statistical analyses (e.g., regression modeling, Bayesian Model Averaging, structural equation modeling, factor analysis, multivariate analyses). 


Available Services

  • SPSS and R statistical packages
  • Thematic analysis of qualitative data
  • Custom data analysis of IDEA SRI
  • Data analysis of home-grown instruments
  • Report writing 

Sample scenario: An institution would like assistance with analyzing the relationships between their IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction (SRI) course data and faculty demographics supplied through the Campus Labs platform. Specifically, they wish to examine the relationships between the SRI and instructor gender, age, ethnicity, race, and academic discipline.


Student Affairs Assessment 

IDEA can help you with all aspects of student affairs assessment including: creating learning outcomes and assessment plans, implementing assessment, analyzing data and reporting informed decision-making from assessment data.


Available Services:

  • Creating division, department, and program-level student learning outcomes
  • Mapping learning outcomes to institution-level learning outcomes, and CAS learning and Development outcomes
  • Building an assessment culture through student affairs assessment professional development workshops
  • Developing division, department, and/or program-level assessment plans
  • Creating direct and indirect measures of student learning (e.g. rubrics, surveys)
  • Designing surveys, analyzing, and reporting
  • Student success analytics, which programs and services have the greatest impact on student success


    Pre- and Post-Award Services 

    IDEA researchers consult with campuses on research designs for proposal development and/or can be included as a resource for analyzing data collected from a funded project. 

    Sample Scenario: Faculty in English departments collaborating across multiple institutions plan to submit a grant proposal to request external funding for a project designed to infuse active learning in the classroom. They have developed several outcome measures but need assistance with developing a student satisfaction survey and with post-award services for evaluating the project. They will need assistance with data management and data analysis, including higher-order statistical analyses. 

    Consultation and workshops can also be built on topics such as:

    • Literature review and report writing
    • Balanced faculty evaluations
    • Implementing data-informed decision making on your campus
    • Assistance in analyzing your Aggregate Data File (ADF)
    • Student Affairs Assessment

    • Contact our Research Staff to learn more.

How can we help?  Fill out an consulting information request form and let us know.



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