Building and Sustaining a Data-Informed Organization

Empower Your Institution by Building a Data-Informed Culture 


Building and Sustaining a Data-Informed Organization is a year-long community of practice. Institutions will progress through the necessary stages to build and sustain a data-informed institutional culture. Teams will participate in a six-module “academy” to start the community of practice, followed by one meeting per month for the remainder of the twelve months.

A data-informed culture is characterized by the reliance on data to guide decision-making processes, shape strategies, and inform improvements. This includes ensuring an infrastructure exists to provide faculty and staff at all levels of the organization with real-time operational data and key performance indicators, snapshot data of reported data, and administrative data, as well as providing ongoing governance and training to use the data to increase student success.


Who Should Participate

Institutional teams should consist of at least 5-10 members.

At a minimum, teams should include representatives from

  • Director of institutional research (or similar role)
  • Academic Affairs and Student Affairs
  • IT leadership
  • Department chair(s)/dean(s)
  • Faculty members
  • Other staff or faculty data champions.

How You’ll Benefit

  • Improved decision-making: By relying on data institutions can make more informed and objective decisions.
  • Enhanced student success: By monitoring and analyzing key performance indicators, organizations can identify and provide timely interventions to support student success.
  • Alignment of goals and strategies: Data can help ensure that all departments and stakeholders are working towards the same objectives and can adjust strategies based on performance data.
  • Access to a supportive community of peers: Regular cohort meetings provide opportunities for group learning and networking.
  • Gain valuable insights and expertise by collaborating with institutional research professionals, including the current Chair of the Association for Institutional Research (AIR)

Take the first step to building a data-informed institutional culture.

Transform your institution’s culture and maximize student success by joining the Data-Informed Organization Community of Practice

Key Features

This community consists of six synchronous sessions that will guide your institution through a series of institutional self-assessments to evaluate the current data culture at your institution.

August 1, 2024
August 15, 2024
August 29, 2024
September 12, 2024
September 26, 2024
October 17, 2024

Communities benefit from a year of expert support from Gardner specialists to nurture your data-informed capabilities. The Community of Practice fosters the exchange of expertise among peers while seamlessly integrating workshop lessons into your daily workflow.


Identify key measurable metrics associated with student success for the institution

To ensure that everyone at your institution has access to data relevant to their position.

Institutional teams will use a series of institutional self-assessments to create a capstone project to improve the data culture on their campus. Teams will focus on the project over the remainder of the year within the community of practice.


Fees are based on undergraduate enrollment as determined by College Navigator. Fees are assessed per institution, not per individual

Undergraduate Enrollment:

  • Up to 5,000 undergraduates $8,225
  • 5,001-10,000 undergraduates $9,900
  • 10,001-15,000 undergraduates $11,800
  • 15,001+ undergraduates $14,200

Develop processes to build a culture that proactively uses data to increase student success

Using data and making it available to stakeholders in real-time across an institution is a critical component to increasing student success. Assess the current state of data usage and identify the next steps to building a true data-informed culture at all levels of the institution.

Join us for an information meeting 

June 4, 2024 at 3 pm ET

Frequently Asked Questions

Applications are currently being accepted for Summer 2024 cohort. You can apply at this link.

Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis; subject to approval. Early registration is recommended. Applications for the Summer 2024 Cohort should be completed by July 19, 2024.  

 Institutional teams should consist of 5-10 members. At a minimum, teams should include:

  • Director of institutional research (or similar role)
  • Academic Affairs and Student Affairs
  • IT leadership
  • Department chair(s)/dean(s)
  • Faculty members
  • Other staff or faculty data champions.

6 synchronous modules – one every other week

Starting August 1
Aug 15
Aug 29
Sep 12
Sep 26
Oct 17

Monthly meetings from November 2024 – June 2025

There will be six 90-minute, synchronous sessions every other week. Depending on the size of your team and how the work is divided we estimate approximately ( 3 -5 hours per person per week for the 5-week Academy.)

You will receive an application confirmation email within 1 week of applying. A link to pay for the academy will be sent to the person indicated on the application. Once the payment has been made you will receive further information from the Academy facilitators.  Questions: Please contact

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