Benchmarking and Data Analyses

"The primary goal of data analysis is to organize and summarize raw data in a way that results in meaningful information.  The information can then be used to suggest recommendations that support decision-making.  Whether simple or complex, qualitative or quantitative, the correct methodology is the foundation of analysis.  Data visualization techniques support the clear communication of results.  Benchmarking, a technique often used in higher education analysis, places information in the appropriate context.   The objective is not just to know where an institution stands on a particular indicator, but why, and what the factors are that influence that indicator.  The resulting information can drive change in a reasonable way."

Dr. Cathie M. Hudson
Consulting Associate
Pappas Consulting Group Inc.