June 11th, 2016

The 2016 joint conference of the Canadian Institutional Research and Planning Association (CIRPA) and the Pacific Northwest Association for Institutional Research and Planning (PNAIRP)

Celine Pinsent, Partner at Díaz Pinsent Mercier Research Inc., in collaboration with Blair Jackson of the University of Ottawa, led a workshop entitled The weird but wonderful world of logic models: Building a performance measurement strategy for IR units.

Logic models are used to evaluate the effectiveness of initiatives and programs. Depicting graphically the relationships between resources, activities, outputs and outcomes, they help us understand not only how we do things, but also why we do things. Initially, they seem like simple one-page diagrams, but truly are strategic, guiding maps that show not only where we are, but also where we want to go and what we want to achieve. In this full-day workshop, participants will develop their own logic model for their IR shop which will provide them with the cornerstone of an effective IR performance measurement strategy.

Celine Pinsent and Victoria Diaz from Díaz Pinsent Mercier Research Inc., in collaboration with Hirosuke Honda of the University of Maine at Augusta presented Three analytical tools to assess and improve effectiveness of IR office operations.

This panel presentation offers three complementary tools to improve IR office operations. 1) Logic models aid in defining measurable objectives, monitoring progress, and evaluating achievements. 2) The four-quadrant framework analyzes the efficiency and effectiveness of IR offices, and serves as a communication tool with staff and campus stakeholders. 3) The IR capability development framework assesses six competencies (e.g. analysis, communication) in seven organizational sectors (e.g. enrollment, HR, finance) to identify those areas where information management in IR offices could be enhanced. Participants will learn how to apply these tools to assess and improve IR projects and office operations.

Pierre Mercier from Díaz Pinsent Mercier Research Inc., in collaboration with Kristen Hamilton of Thompson Rivers University and Ashley Blackman of Red River College were members of the panel Whose Stats is it Anyway? Statistical
Hotseat & Panel Discussion

Taking the ‘plunge’ into inferential and measurement models can seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Hear briefly from your colleagues about how they use inferential statistics to enhance their work in IR and the successes, challenges and pitfalls they encounter. After the panelist’s presentations, enter into a game show-style exchange wherein panelists will compete to provide the best advice for YOUR statistical questions. Come prepared with your current research problems and burning issues to challenge the panel! Expect an entertaining, fun look at statistics and of course, some practical advice that you can apply at your own institution.