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Young, Cornelius; McNamara, Gerry; Brown, Martin; O'Hara, Joe – Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 2018
The concept of data-informed decision making (DIDM), a term used interchangeably with data-driven decision making (DDDM) and data-based decision making (DBDM), is relatively new to Irish education and the school planning process. This research sought to clarify what data principals use and how they use that information for school improvement…
Descriptors: Data, Decision Making, Evidence Based Practice, Leadership
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O'Brien, Shivaun; McNamara, Gerry; O'Hara, Joe – Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 2015
This paper explores approaches to support the consistent implementation of school self-evaluation. The first part of the paper outlines the changing nature of self-evaluation in Irish post-primary schools and how a new approach introduced by the Department of Education and Skills in 2012 demonstrates real intentionality in terms of implementation.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Self Evaluation (Groups), Secondary Schools, Comparative Analysis
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McNamara, Gerry; O'Hara, Joe – Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 2012
This paper attempts to provide an overview of the key assumptions underpinning the "Whole School Evaluation" (WSE) inspection policy developed in Ireland since 2003. Beginning with a documentary analysis the paper argues that the capacity to generate useful self evaluative data in schools was seen as being at the heart of the model of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Assessment, Focus Groups, Inspection