Institute for Educational Sciences (IES)
Topic: Technology for Education
Goal 2-Development and Innovation


4-year project 2019-2023

  • Develop a secure digital Decision Support System (DSS)
  • Iteratively field test DSS in a school using Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS)
  • Evaluate the short term impact of DSS implementation on valued student outcomes


Decision Support System


DataWall System

• Digital, web-based, secure
• Integrates multiple databases
• Facilitates decision-making: Recognize Patterns, Thresholds/Alerts, Mark Interventions


Team Initiated Problem Solving (TIPS) Process

    • Evidenced-based, behavior
    • Meeting foundations
    • Decision making-protocol
    • Prior general references to data replaced with DataWall references


DataWall + TIPS = Decision Support System (DSS)

  • Project Evaluation
  • Research Questions
  • Fidelity of DSS and Fidelity of MTSS implementation
  • Usability, Feasibility, and Acceptability
  • Impact Analysis
  • Cost Analysis



  • MTSS Fidelity Checklist
  • TIPS Fidelity Checklist
  • Focus groups (Field tes t-Yr 2)
  • User statistics from DSS
  • Student outcome data (Pilot study -Yr 3 and 4)

Wayne Sailor, Ph.D.,
Principal Investigator

James Basham, Ph.D.,
Co-Principal Investigator

Jeong Hoon Choi, Ph.D.,
Co-Principal Investigator



Planning Phase: 2019-2020

Field Test: 2020-2021

Pilot Study: 2021-2023