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1 Using statistics for management decisions Hands-on case study!

2 The correct way! …but harder Internal AND external buy-in! WHY????????????????

3 Best when combined - Loans of books are down from to Full-text downloads are up from to BUT student numbers have halved! - NO! student numbers have doubled! HOW?????????????

4 Technical University of Atlantis A brand new institution, the collection of monographs has to be built up. An initial fund of A$1,000,000 has been given, and now the library has been asked to explain to the Senate Library Committee how they are going to divide this equitably amongst the different departments…

5 Per head division Add up all students, divide money by total and multiply result per numbers in each department!!! QED!! Faculty of Engineering: Mechanical16000 Marine80000 Civil Astronautics10000 Quality20000 Faculty of Applied Sciences Marine biology Environmental Science Horticulture20000 Biotechnology Vulcanology10000

6 Problem! The Faculty Librarian for Applied Sciences looks at this and says “There’s no way we can have A$230,000 for Marine Biology, but only A$10000 for Vulcanology – you can’t build a collection with only A$ 10000!!

7 Solution Divide the budget into two: Use half for an equal distribution for departments, and half per student Per deptPer studentTotal Faculty of Engineering: Mechanical Marine Civil Astronautics Quality Faculty of Applied Sciences Marine biology Environmental Science Horticulture Biotechnology Vulcanology

8 Everyone happy! The Faculty Librarian for Engineering clears his throat: This looks fair, but we have been told that as a library we need to support research – and we all know that my Faculty produces most of the research! AND we know that the material used by researchers and students doing research is more expensive! But this doesn’t show it!

9 Solution Divide the budget into three: Use one-third for an equal distribution for departments, one-third per student, and one third to be divided on the basis of research output and postgraduate students

10 Result Per deptPer studentPG students Research outputTotal Faculty of Engineering: Mechanical Marine Civil Astronautics Quality Faculty of Applied Sciences Marine biology Environmental Science Horticulture Biotechnology Vulcanology

11 Now everyone’s happy! Head of Technical Services is still frowning: We’ve taken into account the number of students, research needs and even protected smaller departments, but in my department we know that the price of material varies widely – Vulcanology pays four times as much as Horticulture for their material! Surely this must be taken into account?

12 Final solution? Divide into quarters: One quarter per department One quarter for students One quarter for research One quarter for cost of items.

13 Final division! Per deptPer studentPG students Research output Total Faculty of Engineering: Mechanical Marine Civil Astronautics Quality Faculty of Applied Sciences Marine biology Environmental Science Horticulture Biotechnology Vulcanology


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