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Predict, plan, and make the case for IT in higher education with research from ECAR.
Make the Case for IT with ECAR Research
ECAR research and analytical reports are designed to help you predict, plan, and make the case for IT. ECAR is committed to a transparent and responsive process in developing our research agenda. Contact Susan Grajek, EDUCAUSE vice president, to suggest research topics. ECAR subscribers will receive the following in 2014:
- Research Reports and Hubs
- Research Bulletins
- ECAR Working Group Publications
- Core Data Service Analysis
- Gartner IT1 and ITNI Research
- Center for Higher Education Chief Information Officer Studies (CHECS) Research
- New Benchmarking Tools (In late 2014, ECAR will introduce a comprehensive series of maturity and deployment indices for higher education IT.)
Address Core Technology Challenges in ECAR Working Groups
Higher education leaders come together in ECAR working groups to address core technology challenges and share their findings with the higher education IT community. Learn more about current groups and projects:
- Campus Cyberinfrastructure
- Communications Infrastructure and Applications
- Data Management
- IT Service Catalog
- Mobile Strategy and Application Development
- Total Cost of Ownership for Cloud Services
Use Supporting Materials to Dig Deeper into Research Topics
ECAR delivers a variety of research and analytical resources designed to foster dialogue and enhance decision-making in the higher education community. Research reports and bulletins are the primary ECAR research products, which are supported by secondary materials including infographics, slide decks, case studies, maturity and deployment indices, and data tables. Research hubs are sometimes used to curate publication products about a specific topic for a particularly substantive or timely research study.
Substantive examinations of issues of strategic importance to higher education designed to appeal to dual audiences of IT professionals and higher education leaders. Reports are packaged with their supporting materials in topic-based research hubs.
Focused research on specific IT issues that may be authored by ECAR researchers or subject matter experts from the higher education IT community.
Case Studies and Campus Snapshots
Institution-specific or topic-specific reports designed to exemplify important themes, trends, and experiences in the management of information technology investments and activities.
The dataset from an ECAR research report, provided in spreadsheet format. Enables institutions run their own analysis or plug data into their own BI tool. higher education community, including summaries from major ECAR studies.
Benchmarking tools that enable institutions to understand where they are and where they aspire to be in specific IT domains compared to peers and to an objective standard. Deployment indices enable institutions to benchmark stages of deployment for particular technologies and services. Maturity indices examine the additional necessary nontechnical dimensions of progress.
Infographics and Interactive Graphics
Illustrations and graphics relating to ECAR research that tells a visual story of the research findings.
Slide Decks and Presentations
PowerPoint versions of ECAR Research Studies that allow subscribers to incorporate ECAR findings into their own presentations. Presentations developed by ECAR researchers, partners, and contractors on topics of interest to the community.
Survey questions used to gather data for an ECAR research report. Provides a framework institutions may use to understand research objectives or conduct their own research on a particular topic.