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Critical Thinking & Evidence-Based Decision Making

Participants will walk away with a better understanding of what evidence based decision making is and how they can best utilize EBDM to positively impact their departments and employees by using these recommended tools.
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Hector Escalante

on 16 July 2014

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Transcript of Critical Thinking & Evidence-Based Decision Making

Critical Thinking & Evidence Based Decision Making
Introduction
EBDM: What is it?
A formal decision-making process that combines meaningful and useful information to arrive at a knowledge-based decision
How would you prove that your department is efficient & effective?
Metrics That Work
Putting EBDM to Work!
Facilitator Bio:
Alumnus
15 years
Ice-Breaker:
Please tell the audience something unique or interesting about yourself; something they don't already know.
Course Objectives:
Define Critical thinking & Evidence Based Decision Making
Illustrate why EBDM is important
Introduce methods of implementing EBDM
Apply EBDM to a critical decision
EBDM creates objectivity
Creates a clear view of what's in your control and what is not
Why is EBDM so Important?
puts your decisions in context
Rubric
Brainstorm Activity:
What key performance indicators do you feel would best measure your department's efficiency and effectiveness?
Practical Applications:
Program Review
New Goals Setting Process
New Funding
Future Re-Allocation Process
Assessment Efforts
WASC Accreditation
Staff Reduction
What is the Purpose of EBDM?
To make "Wise" decisions that positively impact your department
Base Camp Data
Camp #2 =
Knowledge
Mount Wisdom
Wisdom
Best place from which you make decisions
"Other focused"
Raw #s
facts
symbols
totals
spreadsheets
Wisdom is the ability to see connections between seemingly unconnected things
What the data is telling you
The "who", "what", "why", "where"
Processed & organized data
Camp #1 =
Information
The "totals" in your check book
What you know as a result of the information
Can be "self- focused"
Assigns meaning to information
Understand patterns in the information
Understand relations between data points
"Present" focused
Explains the "why" & answers the "how"
It just exists
Pacific 2020
The Business Strategy
Pacific 2020
Data
KPI's = quantifiable measurements, agreed to beforehand, that reflect the critical success factors of an organization.
KPIs
Scorecard
Charts
Graphs
Goals
Totals
To "Summit" Up

We live in an Evidence Based Decision Making Culture
EBDM is
A formal decision-making process that combines meaningful and useful information to arrive at a knowledge & Wisdom-based decision
Wisdom is the best platform from which to make the most accurate decisions possible
Data
Information
Knowledge
Wisdom
Intuition
Emotional Intelligence
What you know you can and can't do as a result of the amount of money in your checkbook
How about the best place to have lunch?
In pairs,
determine where we would all go to lunch
Use data, information, knowledge & wisdom to make your decision
Illustrate your decision-making process on a flip chart
Matrix
Scorecard
KPI's
Use Tools to help you gather data
KPIs
Scorecard
Rubrics
Dashboards

Forced to use EBDM everyday:)
Prove It!
Wisdom?
The best possible application & evaluation of Knowledge
Promotes ethical behavior
Decisions that support Business Strategy
Questions:
Am I collecting the right data
What is it telling me?
What's critical to success?
Am I measuring the right KPI's?
Prove It!
EFFICIENT
capable of producing desired results without wasting materials, time, or energy
EFFECTIVE
producing a result that is wanted : having an intended effect
EBDM
How do we measure physical talent?
How do we determine if someone has earned a degree?
Decision...
Quantitative
How do we know if an athlete is efficient and effective??
Activity #1:
List recent important
decisions you've made at work
Pick one or two and explain how you determined if you were making the right decision
Be prepared to share


Ice-Breaker
Are you currently using critical thinking skills?
How do we measure academic achievements?
What Is it?
A formal decision-making process that combines meaningful and useful information to arrive at a knowledge/Wisdom-based decision

Brainstorm Activity: From Where do you retrieve accurate data that indicates how well you or your department is doing?
Information
Knowledge
Data
Relevant Data
Information
Knowledge
DECISIONS
https://secure.pacific.edu/planningandresearch/KPI/KPI.asp
Pacific 2020
Data
KPI's = quantifiable measurements, agreed to beforehand, that reflect the critical success factors of an organization.
KPIs
Scorecard
Charts
Graphs
Goals
Totals
What you know as result of information
Questions:
Am I collecting the right data
What is it telling me?
What's critical to success?
Am I measuring the right KPI's?
Information
Knowledge
Raw information
Processed & Organized date
Numbers
Facts
Totals
It just exists
Who, what, why, where
What the data is telling you
Wisdom
Application of knowledge
Explains the why &
answer the how
Wisdom
Where you apply knowledge
Blooms's Taxonomy
Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.

Albert Einstein

What is critical thinking?
It does not:
require a college education
criticize people or things
89% of professors claim that critical thinking is a primary objective

but only 19% could define it
(Brookfield, 2012)
associate ability with age, creed or race
How would you define it?
A process one can use to come to informed, efficient & effective decisions
The application & Evaluation of Knowledge
Evidence Based Decision Making is Critical thinking in action
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