Campuses invest in multiple survey tools and campus climate surveys specific to their unique institution. Unfortunately, many schools collect this abundance of campus-specific information, compile the report, and it ends there before the data can be used strategically to address sexual violence. These data sources may be underused due to limited resources to further analyze and apply data to programming or due to low awareness of what further benefits the data could have. This session introduces a “Data Inventory” tool to bridge the gap between institutional research and campus community stakeholders. The data inventory tool is a framework that assists campuses in maximizing the application of their existing data sources by 1) cataloging inputs across multiple data sources maintained by an institution and 2) triangulating results across data sources for a deeper understanding of DVSAS on campus. The session will follow Otterbein University which illustrates the data inventory process including collection, customization, and data triangulation.  Results from population-level campus climate surveys, direct reports to law enforcement, Title IX office, and stakeholder interviews with campus programs will be detailed in their scope and analyzed.  Data inventory creation and data triangulation can be scaled to fit an institution’s resources and will begin to offer three primary benefits to program reach, utilization of resources, and engaging campus partners.


Susan Wismar

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