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

DataWall laptop

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