Data Analysis Protocol

The Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) model is an effective protocol for grade level/department teams to use data to validate instructional strategies. Through an action research approach, educators will develop instructional and measurable plans to solve student achievement problems. The Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle is an instructional protocol for testing an instructional strategy by planning it, trying it, observing the consequences, and then acting on what is learned from those results.


Step 1 Plan a strategic change

State the objective of the plan: What will the team do?
Make predictions about what will happen and why?
Develop a plan to test the change (Who will do it? What? When? Where? How? What data must be collected?)

Step 2 Do the strategy

Document problems and unexpected observations
Collect and assess data

Step 3 Study the strategy

Analyze the data
Compare the data to the team’s predictions
Summarize what the team has learned

Step 4 Act upon or revise the strategy

Modify plans as needed, including the action, or approach
Prepare the next plan