of the office or service area or address needs of the specific site and address quality, effectiveness and efficiency issues
Some key points:
Can the objectives be related to student learning and success?
Do the objectives reflect institutional/department priorities?
Do the objectives address quality, effectiveness and efficiency issues?
Strategies - key points:
Do the improvement strategies represent best practices?
Do the improvement strategies represent previous assessment/evaluation findings and recommendations?
[Evaluation Questions] See “Appendix C – Development Evaluation Questions” in the IAP Handbook for information on developing evaluation questions – evaluation questions respond directly the stated program/office outcome/objective
[Data Sources] Indicate the data sources that will allow answering the evaluation questions (note this should not be considered a laundry listing of data sources, but critical data needed to determine if the stated outcome or objective is met. Data should be collected (and in many cases analyzed) throughout the assessment period. Examples: Surveys, interviews, classroom observations, test instruments, rubrics, administrative records, etc. Make sure that the data sources (including method of collection) are of sufficient quality to assist in answering the evaluation question.
[Analysis] How will the data sources be analyzed – what techniques will allow useful information to be obtained from the data sources. Examples: descriptive statistics, HLM, content analysis, cohort analysis, inferential statistics, etc. Are the analysis techniques a good fit for the data source? Are the analysis techniques reflecting generally accepted quality standards?
[Timeline] Summary of major activities – often major data collection points
[Activity] Brief description of activity to be undertaken
[Who is Responsible] Who is the lead person responsible for the ensuring the activity takes place
[Date] Date when the activity will take place
[Comments] Any general comments related to the assessment plan