The programme reported here sought to develop robust evidence of practice and of the business case as well as technical foundations to establish positively that the HE-specific exploitation of activity data has merits for both the institution and the user. The role of the Synthesis Project has been to support, cohere and leverage this work in the form of documentation and dissemination activities to fulfil the objectives of the call, notably:
  • Identifying approaches or technical solutions that can be rolled out more widely.
  • Supporting the development of knowledge and skills.
  • Consolidating evidence of valid business cases for institutions to engage.
  • Taking account of other UK projects (notably in Business Intelligence) and elsewhere.
The following sections establish the definition and landscape for the use of activity data in higher education: