Cycle of inquiry

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Engaging in a data-informed process to systematically analyze and interpret data to determine contributing factor or root causes that will inform improvement activities. Steps in the cycle can include: define the problem; collect and analyze data; identify contributing factors or root causes; develop and implement an action/improvement plan; assess or evaluate progress and make adjustments. Steps in the cycle should be repeated as necessary.

Source: Adapted from Center for Collaborative Education – Data Based Inquiry