What No One Tells You About the Big, Bad Data Monster

We are feverishly validating our skills and services as school counselors with data, data, data.

As I’ve moved past the initial that’s super scary and I want nothing to do with this monster and made the whole thing more simple,  I’ve definitely embraced the ambiguity and uncertainty of not knowing WHAT I will even use said data for; I’ve decided NO DATA IS BAD DATA.

As a millenial, I’m more technology driven than my baby boomer teammates (read a great article from ASCA Magazine on that here). I’m all about efficiency and effectiveness. I want to reach people where they are and know what they’re thinking.

We surveyed parents, students, administrators, and teachers using 8 questions: 6 were 4 point likert scale ratings, and two were open ended questions. These were far and above my favorite part to read. We closed our eyes, opened our hands up wide, and invited positive feedback and constructive criticism. How will you get better if you don’t ask for feedback? We left the Google Form survey open for 2 weeks and PR’ed the heck out of it on Twitter, Facebook, phone blast, website, cafeteria bulletin, Remind, and Naviance. We had 434 responses! (I’m going to lend that outrageous amount of responses to the fact that we offered a $10 gift card raffle opportunity for anyone who responded and left their name.)

In a previous post, I raved about Piktochart… and I’m here to do it again. The most rewarding part of collecting this data was determining what it told us, compiling it in a meaningful way, and presenting it to our advisory council. It took some time and creativity to put together, but it was definitely worth it. See a snap shot below, but click HERE for the full infographic and interpretation!

Check out my Teachers Pay Teachers professional development presentation on using Technology for Efficient Data Collection!

Have you ever presented data to a group using Piktochart?
What types of things do you use it for?
How do you interpret and present your data to your stakeholders?

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