The  Initiative for Systemic Program Improvement through Research in Educational Leadership (INSPIRE) Surveys include a suite of evaluation resources made available by the UCEA Center for the Evaluation of Educational Leadership Preparation and Practice for leadership preparation programs to produce evidence helpful in improving programs, meeting accreditation requirements, and making the case for support among various constituencies. The INSPIRE Leadership Suite currently includes: 

Preparation Program Edition (INSPIRE-PP) — This instrument enables the educational leadership preparation program to systematically document its core program features.

Graduate Edition (INSPIRE-G) — The specific purpose of this survey is to elicit feedback from alumni on their leadership preparation experiences and learning and career outcomes. It is intended to be used in conjunction with the results of other UCEA Center surveys as well as other program and candidate evidence for formative and summative leadership preparation program evaluation.

Leader in Practice Edition (INSPIRE-LP)— This instrument enables the educational leadership preparation programs to document leadership practices and school improvement and organizational indicators from the perspective of program graduates who are working as school principals. 

360 Edition (INSPIRE-360) — This instrument enables the educational leadership preparation program to document leadership practices and school improvement and organizational indicators in the schools where program graduates work from the perspective of teachers.

 

The INSPIRE suite is designed for leadership preparation programs to solicit feedback from their graduates and alumni about:

  • Program features
  • Leadership learning outcomes
  • Leadership career intentions and advancement
  • Leadership practices
  • School improvement work
  • School climate, and
  • Student, parent and teacher engagement
  • Student learning outcomes

 

The INSPIRE suite was developed by a group of researchers from UCEA institutions. The survey team developed a strongly aligned and powerful suite of surveys designed for the purpose of facilitating program assessment (in the aggregate), accreditation and program improvement. The suite of surveys is aligned with the national ELCC leadership standards, the UCEA Institutional and Program Quality Criteria and provides a source of evidence on program outcomes.

Leadership Preparation Programs may use the INSPIRE suite for many purposes:

  • Provide relevant and timely information on program graduates and alumni, including:
    • feedback on program experiences, such as internship attributes
    • assessment of what graduates learned through the program
    • documentation of graduates’ career outcomes
    • ascertainment of graduates’ influence on their schools
  • Compare graduates’ experiences, for:
    • different cohorts
    • different program delivery options
    • subgroups of graduates (such as by gender, race/ethnicity and experience)
  • Provide evidence for state and national accreditation reports
  • Compare program features and delivery type with other programs regionally and nationally
  • Identify areas for program and course improvement
  • Make the case for program resources and support
  • Research the relationship between program design and delivery, graduate outcomes, and school improvement work