At TC 17 I did a short presentation titled "Building a Data-Informed Decision Culture: The Primer I Wish I had."
This presentation is rooted in the philosophy of an expanded definition of decisions makers outlined in the Statement of Aspirational Practice for Institutional Research released by the Association for Institutional Research (AIR). The philosophy states that "Top-down policies and structures alone do not ensure informed choices and commitments to successful pathways. Broadly engaging all stakeholders in data-informed decisions (tactical, operational, and strategic) is essential for institutional excellence. This hybrid model positions students, faculty, staff, and other decision makers as key consumers and clients of institutional research, and is foundational to a change agency vision of institutional research as a driver for institutional improvement."