What is a Line Item Analysis?
A Line Item Analysis is a
of an existing Event
that was followed
in creating the original Event Plans
. Even proposals or suggestions for
new events can be
analyzed in detail with a LIA. I
ms in the existing or proposed activity
assessed and analyzed for
refer to the various, different elements and
that make up the whole event.
Think of it
as every “item” that is needed, has its own “line” on the planning form.
Line Items call
also be a classifications or group of related
that are included in any event.
. Looking at the ‘factors’ is a way
to reduce the number of
is also a way that
relationships between variables
becomes more obvious.
the links between events
cause and effect.
A LIA is a
t uses historical data to organize a
for future successes, problems and resolution of problems.
Components of the event are linked to each other thru common
purpose, cause and effect, general needs, common audience, common
goals and common vari
LIA can be visualized as a participation graph.
Success of the event is not always measured by number of participants
The percentage number of participants overall
can provide information
about: communication, receptiveness, agreement and
Line Item Analysis studies are a part of statistics (called data mining). Some of the types of analysis
processes (visualizations) that can be used as part of a LIA are:
C & R Trees
Variance & Compliance
Major Uses of Item Analysis
Item analysis can be a powerful technique available to
for the guidance and improvement of
events, meetings and processes.
For this to
, the items to be analyzed must be valid measures of
ems must be “able” to be analyzed. The analysis results are only valid if they provide a clue
to the nature of success
es, problems, strategies, and/or
s that have occurred. Results will
give an idea
action, change, or continuation of the component.
who construct their own
examinations may greatly improve the effec
and the validity of
if they select and
on the basis of item performance
Where have you heard the term “line item” before? What did it mean?
Analysis, assessment, evaluation, review
appraisal, evaluation, and commentary
Methodical, orderly, regular, organized
efficient, and logical
Suitability, correctness, aptness,
purposeful, necessary and fitting
Base, basis, groundwork, source, origin,
preparation, training and research
Part, section, factor, constituent, piece
Procedure, course, method, development
progression, manner, course of action,
common practice, route or means
Issue, feature, aspect, reason, cause,
part or dynamic
Fluctuation, unspecified factor, range of
outcomes or possible
problems, “worse case scenarios” or anticipated
Sign, marker, guide, value, gauge, element of
data, value or function, or applicable
Forecast, guess, estimation, calculation or
ture based on deductive reasoning,
supposition, presumption or speculation