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Get Meaningful Insights from your Community Feedback Data

Get Meaningful Insights from your Community Feedback Data

Get Meaningful Insights from your Community Feedback Data

As part of their data collection efforts to monitor progress, school districts often have an abundance of feedback data from open-end questions on surveys and stakeholder meeting notes. Often there is a significant time commitment to understand data, and perhaps even more often, it is set aside because the investment to properly manage that information is too high. However innovations in technology can help schools manage information better, gain insights, and use those insights in useful and meaningful ways.

May 29, 2024

Districts often possess a great deal of feedback from students, staff, and families, in the form of surveys and qualitative data collection. This abundance of feedback data in education provides a treasure trove of insights, but effectively analyzing and extracting meaningful information from this vast collection can be challenging. Challenges include having a large volume of material to review, the time and money needed to analyze it, and the belief that this information might be biased or too subjective. However, there are many benefits to using this detailed information. It offers deeper insights that help explain the reasons behind people's responses. By examining text-based feedback, administrators can better understand what their community wants and needs.

Now districts can gain insight from their feedback data without spending excessive time and money.

School systems and districts often use platforms that offer templates, but these programs have many limitations. Comparable to quantitative dashboards that organize and visualize data but do not offer analysis for insights, programs that provide formats to input information still require administrators to discern the "so what" of the feedback data on their own.

Unlike these simplified products, Plan Forward offers flexible and improved applications for managing text-based feedback that surpass these limitations. Instead of just providing templates, Plan Forward uses large language models (LLMs) to code and analyze text. Plan Forward gathers feedback from students, teachers, and families through surveys, interviews, and other methods. Using unbiased LLMs, Plan Forward provides administrators with clear insights and goals. These insights are delivered with evidence-based strategies that can be applied to an action plan.

The ability to analyze feedback data allows schools to monitor and evaluate their progress on initiatives throughout the year.

Using feedback data to monitor and evaluate student performance and instructional practices throughout the academic year offers a multitude of benefits for schools. Continuous feedback collection had previously been unrealistic and burdensome for most schools without advanced methods to analyze and make sense of the data. By using Plan Forward to collect and analyze feedback from various stakeholders, including students, parents, and teachers, schools can adapt and refine their instructional strategies to better meet students' needs. Moreover, incorporating feedback fosters a culture of continuous improvement and accountability, encouraging teachers and administrators to reflect on their practices and make evidence-based decisions. This dynamic approach not only enhances the effectiveness of teaching and learning but also strengthens the overall educational environment, leading to higher student engagement, motivation, and achievement.

To learn more about how your school or district can use Plan Forward, please contact us at info@k12planforward.com or visit www.k12planforward.com.

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