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Data Retreats

Data Retreats provide UP employees a supportive time and space to tackle their data-related work!



1) Build more efficient data tools that will directly assist your office

2) Connect and brainstorm with other offices to improve data-related operations


Testimonials from previous attendees:

"It was awesome! Two huge projects and critical information exchange.  Definitely should be done again!!!"

"It was so nice having a time to go through this without feeling the burden of phone calls/emails etc. I would love to do these more regularly."

"One thing I am grateful for: finally finishing a task that requires 1-2 hours uninterrupted time."


What can I work on at a Data Retreat?
Document business processes Create tutorials for end users
Generate data definitions Organize Argos reports
Organize data collection files Clean messy data in OpenRefine
Create prototype Tableau dashboards Revamp coding structures


Selected accomplishments of previous attendees:

~ Critical, recurring reports built with a time-consuming excel process were tested in a Tableau dashboard prototype

~ An office created a calendar of reporting deadlines and data sources to keep annual tasks organized

~ A draft of a new policy needed for accreditation was created with needed input of other relevant attendees

~ A departing employee created business process documentation to leave for the next employee

~ IS generated informative "last used date" reports to help attendee clean out unused Argos reports

~ Entrance and exit surveys were cleaned and prepped for storage within the enterprise system


Schedule of Data Retreats
July 11, 2019 13 attended
August 8, 2019 13 attended
October 17, 2019 10-15 seats
November 7, 2019 10-15 seats


For more information and to reserve a seat, email the Director of Institutional Research, Elizabeth Lee.