Data Stewardship

OIE is committed to data stewardship. Data stewardship refers to the responsible oversight and management of all data that are stored, collected, and analyzed by OIE. Data stewardship ensures that the integrity and quality of institutional data are maintained, and it also protects the confidentiality and rights of research participants, students, faculty, and staff.

Surveys administered by OIE are confidential (not anonymous). The main identifier collected by OIE is the CWID (i.e., student and faculty ID numbers), which is used for statistical matching purposes. In addition, names and emails are often used for survey invitations and reminders, but these are removed from the analytical data files. OIE stores data on encrypted desktop computers that are only accessible to OIE staff. For more info, please see the OIE Data Management Policy.