As we all know data is a major driver of organizational decision making. In addition to data reviews, it is essential to always obtain and/or create executive reports to best portray your data narrative.
Review Your Systems
Within any systems utilized for your department, always check to see what reporting mechanisms are available. Built in reporting will always be a purposeful and efficient method of understanding data.
Data Collection Examples:
- Technology Services
- Communication Metrics
- Learning Management Systems
- Information Systems
Within each example listed you should notice a general area to pull data reports. With the multitude of systems managed by your organization you may want to consider a leveraging a resource to provide a visual understanding of your data.
1. Data Warehouse
In the field of education, a data warehouse simply is a way to automate and access student data including but not limited to assessments, academics, behavior, interventions, etc. The overall purpose is to leverage automation in order to obtain and review student/school/district progression in areas of academics in a secure and efficient manner.
Data Warehouse Examples: eduCLIMBER, ECRA
2. Infographic Reporting
In addition to a data warehouse organizations can measure and provide data in areas outside of student academics however are essential to the organization as a whole. This includes areas such as communications, survey data, varies information services, application usage, etc. Unfortunately such areas may or may not have the ideal solution to portray your data. I recommend leveraging an Infographic resource to build out a template for monthly, quarterly, or yearly executive reports.
Infographic Charting: Piktochart, Google Data Studio, Canva
- Collaborate with your leadership team and stakeholders on the overall desired outcome of executive reporting.
- Select your essential data that will be utilized within reporting.
- Review your resources that will not only be portrayed in reports but will host and create the reports.
- Implement a plan determining your frequency frequency of data collection, reviewal procedures and presentation methods.