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Journal of the Operational Research Society

, Volume 45, Issue 11, pp 1247–1262 | Cite as

Guiding Schools to Improved Performance Using Data Envelopment Analysis: An Illustration with Data from a Local Education Authority

  • E. Thanassoulis
  • P. Dunstan
Case-Oriented Paper

Abstract

The educational process is characterized by multiple outcomes such as the achievement of academic results of various standards and non-academic achievements. This paper shows how data envelopment analysis (DEA) can be used to guide secondary schools to improved performance through role-model identification and target setting in a way that recognizes the multi-outcome nature of the education process and reflects the relative desirability of improving individual outcomes. The approach presented in the paper draws from a DEA-based assessment of the schools of a local education authority carried out by the authors. Data from that assessment are used to illustrate the approach presented in the paper.

Keywords

Data Envelopment Analysis Education 

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© Operational Research Society 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Thanassoulis
    • 1
  • P. Dunstan
    • 1
  1. 1.Warwick Business School

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