Evidence-Based Storytelling

NILOA assists institutions in the practice of sharing assessment data through evidence-based narratives utilizing a collaborative, field-tested peer review process. Evidence-based storytelling, informed by the NILOA Transparency Framework, offers an innovative strategy to help institutions meet current accountability and transparency demands.

To better tell institutional assessment stories using evidence of student learning specific to institutional context and audience, NILOA’s Evidence-Based Storytelling Toolkit provides questions, tools, and resources for consideration in narrative development. Click on each banner to expand the selection and access each resource.

Please cite as: Jankowski, N. A., & Baker, G. (2019, August). Evidence-based storytelling toolkit. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

Sharing the narratives of our work as well as the evidence-based stories of our effectiveness, students’ learning, and accountability narratives is of growing interest to showcasing the value and worth of higher education. In this collection of resources, we provide materials to help think through how to engage with the narrative presentation of assessment processes, practices, and evidence of learning, in addition to a peer review process to enhance narrative development.  


Our first institutional example for the Evidence-Based Storytelling Toolkit comes from San José State University.