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The Report Automation Tool 

The Report Automation Tool Launch recording

Request for feedback from potential users

More information about the Autumn Workshop Series

The Report Automation Tool

A commonly encountered issue for people working on data is that the analysis takes a lot of time, and often requires a level of expertise from those doing the analysis on how to interrogate the data and how to interpret the results. 

The Report Automation Tool is therefore a revelation. 

This tool has two main possibilities:

1. Report Automation Application 1

An immediately available RStudio script that can be used right now. 

Find information on how to download R and RStudio and how to access this code HERE.

Find the R Shiny online application which can generate reports for you without even downloading R HERE.

The beauty of this code, written by Blaž Podobnik (MIC), is that you do not need any experience of R or RStudio whatsoever. You need only follow the short instructions above, and basically just hit go! This will automatically generate a report for you in about a minute, pulling from the Data File you get from i-graduate. You can manipulate the way the report is displayed and the groups included in the report without ever having to edit a single bit of code. 

If you have some familiarity with R and RStudio, the code is available to you to edit, such as by editing the text in the report, adding your institutional logo, or displaying the results differently. 


2. Report Automation Application 2

RStudio script which, combined with your organisational structure, can produce results for any programme, school, department or faculty

Find an example report HERE.

This code, written by Seán Lacey and Linda O'Sullivan (MTU), takes the functionality of report automation in R a step further. You will need:

a) Your institution's population data (the preload student demographic data you send to i-graduate in advance of fieldwork)

b) Your institution's Data File from i-graduate 

c) An Excel file specific to your HEI which maps out the organisational structure of your HEI. You will need to create this. 

Combined using the application designed in R, you can create a report for any programme, department, school, or faculty, including comparison data with any programme, department, school, or faculty for a whole range of results. 

Contact to register your interest in this functionality. The level of demand will inform the level of resource the project management function can offer to HEIs in adopting this methodology.


These two R and RStudio report automation methodologies combined mean that, with a little work to get the code set up correctly initially, you can re-create an infinite number of reports with minimal effort. 

The Report Automation Tool Launch

Chaired by Dr Lydia Devenney (ATU), this session introduced attendees to the Report Automation Tool. Blaž Podobnik (MIC) and Linda O'Sullivan (MTU) demonstrated the two applications of R and RStudio to the data. This is an important development for and could revolutionise the way institutions analyse the data, and massively cut down on the workload involved. 

Find the recording of the Report Automation Tool Launch below.


Request for feedback from potential users

Does this all seem a bit daunting? Like the solution is at your fingertips, but at the same time a million miles away?

We would like to know more about the support you would need to use the Report Automation tool with your data and save yourself time and effort!

Please complete the (short) survey HERE by 23 November 2022.

Your feedback will inform the Steering Group and Analysis and Impact Group on how best to meet your needs so you can make the most of this brilliant development for analysis of the data. 


I cannot thank Blaž Podobnik (MIC), Linda O'Sullivan and Dr Seán Lacey (MTU), and Dr Lydia Devenney (ATU) enough for their genorosity. They have put hundreds of hours of work into the development of these tools in their own HEIs, and it is a testament to the collegiality and coalition of HE that they are so happy to share the results of that works with the sector, thereby saving thousands of hours of work for their colleagues.
Dr Siobhán Nic Fhlannchadha ( Project Manager) branded infographic with the words "Autumn Workshops" and "Ceardlanna Fómhair"

More information about the Autumn Workshop Series

The Analysis and Impact Group is pleased to announce the Autumn Workshop Series 2022. This initiative is in response to the need for more support in analysing the data expressed by the community of practitioners working on the survey. 

The online workshops, excluding the Mi:Lab strategic reflection workshop, will be recorded and the recordings will be available on the website within a few days of the workshop. 

1. Training for SU executive officers for working with data - Tuesday 11 October 2pm

2. The Future of in the Higher Education policy landscape: A Design-Thinking Workshop - Wednesday 19 October, 11.30am - 12.15pm

3. Mi:Lab Strategic Reflection Workshop - Monday 24 October, 10.30am - 1pm

4. Launch of the report automation tool - Tuesday 25 October, 2pm - 3pm

5. Qualitative data analysis - results & methods - Tuesday 1 November, 2pm - 3pm

6. What’s next for data visualisation dashboards? - Tuesday 8 November, 2pm - 3pm

Find more information HERE.