Michel de Konkoly Thege
Director of Finance and Operations
LREI - Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School

NYSAIS Business Affairs Council (BAC) To Begin the Periodic Distribution of Notes on Topics of General Interest to Business Managers

This is the first in a series of notes on topics of general interest that will be authored by NYSAIS members and distributed to business managers.  We hope to publish about six brief and easily readable notes per school year.  Notes will be posted from time to time on the NYSAIS web site and may be retrieved from the NYSAIS archive by using the search function.  Please contact Michel de Konkoly Thege at mdekonkolythege@lrei.org or 212.477.5316, extension 319 with comments and suggestions on both topics to be covered and ways in which the format may be improved.

Systematizing the Gathering of Information of General Interest to Business Managers

Summary:  The BAC is proposing a system for the gathering, compiling and archiving of information that is of general interest to NYSAIS business managers.  Business managers who have an inquiry for which a survey would be valuable should direct their inquiry to Michel de Konkoly Thege at mdekonkolythege@lrei.org.  The inquiry will then be put into a survey that is as brief and simple as possible and will be distributed to BAC members via the BAC list serve.  The responses to the survey will be compiled and made available in an archive on the NYSAIS web site.

Requests for Information Are Currently Not Made Available for General Use and Are Often Duplicative

Currently, requests for information often are communicated via the business managers list serve.  The responses to these requests are usually directed back to the person who made the inquiry.  Sometimes, but not always, the person who made the inquiry shares the results of the responses with the business managers who have responded.  In many cases, the inquiries have already been made on the list serve in the relatively recent past.  This duplication of requests can result in fewer responses.

Many of the inquiries that are sent over the list serve are of general interest to business managers.  If systematized, these inquiries could serve as a valuable resource to business managers.
 

Where and How to Send Requests for a Survey


A request for a survey should be sent by e-mail to mdekonkolythege@lrei.org.  Before sending a request for a survey, please consider the following:

  • Is the topic of general interest to other business managers?
  • Is it appropriate for responses to the inquiry to be made publicly available?
  • Can the inquiry be broken down into a series of questions that may be answered with "yes" or "no" or by clicking on a specific selection among a small number of options?
  • Are the questions in such a number that a busy business manager can respond to them within a brief period of time?


Inquiries that require significant narrative are probably not good choices for surveys.  For your guidance, a sample form of survey, dealing with several elements of employee benefits, may be accessed here

NYSAIS staff will create a survey format from the inquiry, which will then be distributed to business managers via the list serve.

Responses to Surveys Will Be Compiled and Made Available on the NYSAIS Web Site

Surveys will be kept open for period of seven days.  After the survey is closed, the results will be made available on the NYSAIS Web Site.  The surveys will be archived and may be searched. This location will also be the place where surveys are archived and may be searched.  We ask business managers who are interested in a survey to check to see whether a similar inquiry has been made within the recent past before requesting the launch of another survey.

We recommend that business managers make use of the statistical resources of the National Association of Independent Schools' StatsOnline.  Many requests for information can be usefully dealt with by making the appropriate use of StatsOnline. 

The Communications Committee of the BAC will monitor this process and will update business managers on changes and improvements to this system.  As with any such initiative, survey results will be as useful as the number and accuracy of the responses that are received.  We encourage the participation of all list serve members to ensure that useful data is collected.  The BAC hopes that the resulting shared knowledge will be of help to all business managers.

 

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