The late Peter Drucker, management consultant guru, famously stated “what gets measured, gets managed.”1 This idea has spawned a number of publications and research into the development and use of key performance indicators (KPIs) or performance measures. For example, a Google Scholar search of “performance measures” alone produces nearly two million results. All of that work has provided us with several generally accepted reasons that organizations find performance measures useful … read more.
Federal and state laws allow many grant programs to pay back a school system’s General Fund for costs incurred on their behalf, but most school districts do not take advantage of this, even though it could mean millions in financial benefits to a school system’s General Fund … read more.
When it comes to providing programs and services to students with disabilities, most school districts in Texas are grappling with a fundamental challenge: how to effectively manage the rapid increase in the number of students being referred to special education for evaluation and placement … read more.
Every school year, states ask parents of students receiving special education services to reflect on whether their child’s school facilitates parent involvement as a means for improving services and results for children with disabilities. States report this information (Indicator 8 of their State Performance Plan) to the Office of Special Education Programs, as a part of federal reporting requirements for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act.
Gibson Consulting Group has worked with state education agencies in Texas and New Hampshire to execute this effort, and to assist school districts in those states with understanding and making use of their survey results … read more.
After completing the data collection phase of a mixed-methods or qualitative project, researchers are often faced with a vast amount of data, and a single, sometimes overwhelming question: How do I make meaning out of all of this?
Gibson’s researchers were excited about a recent opportunity to help 18 doctoral and postdoctoral students at Southern Methodist University (SMU) answer this question. Various project teams in the Simmons School of Education and Human Development were about to embark on the analytic phase of their own research projects, all including large amounts of interview, observational, and/or focus group data. Some of these students and staff also needed to understand how to incorporate quantitative data points into their qualitative analyses … read more.