What's next for the Global Reporting Standards?
Posted by Cindy Moon-Barna, Last modified by Cindy Moon-Barna on 02 June 2021 02:01 PM

Beginning in July (2021), CASE will begin the next stage of the implementation process— aligning existing AMAtlas surveys to the updated standards. This will be an ongoing, consultative process between the AMAtlas team and various regionally-based volunteer groups designed to understand the impact of changes on use of data.  

In some cases, implementing the new standards will require the drafting of new survey questions. In others, it will mean the modification of an existing question.  One of the great opportunities (and challenges) to standardization is the ability to make meaningful comparisons across CASE’s global suite of benchmarking surveys. In achieving this goal, CASE and the AMAtlas team will take care not to disrupt or dilute the analytical value that comes from longitudinal data, working closely with our members and volunteers to determine how best to introduce the new standards with minimal disruption to long-term trend reporting. In some cases, this may mean capturing additional data to supplement current standards for a period of time.  While the exact methods will be determined during the implementation process, the goal is to ensure our data meet current and future needs.  

Standards are a living entity, a reflection of the times and a recurring commitment to operating in ways that are transparent, replicable, and commonly understood.  Although the act of reviewing, studying and updating the CASE Global Reporting Standards will be undertaken in structured intervals, the true work of integrating them into the way advancement professionals measure and report on their institution’s initiatives will be an ongoing journey--- that CASE will be there to support every step of the way.