Charlie Blaich and Kathy Wise did two presentations at the 3rd Annual Using Evidence for Improvement: Teaching and Learning National Institute. First, they delivered a plenary presentation, Lessons Learned on Using Evidence for Improvement. They reviewed the lessons they’ve learned from working with programs and institutions that have successfully used evidence to guide the implementation of projects and new programs.

They also had a concurrent session, Using Focus Groups to Make Sense of Institutional Data and Institutional Dilemmas. In this session, they reviewed the benefits of talking and working with students to help make sense of institutional data, quantitative assessment data, and how programs are and are not benefitting students. They included practical information on how to set up and run focus groups, including student-led focus groups.