It's all about Program
moved the decision making from the federal to the state and local levels. We
traded off regulations for performance standards—which is a good deal once we
figure out the processes and get them in place.
are three triggers (sources) for program improvement initiatives. After the
first three steps following these triggers, the process of program improvement
is the same.
involve identifying a problem or weak area that exists. The third involves new
information that comes to you.
all about program improvement. You may have in place a process to utilize one,
two, or all three of these triggers. It is not that difficult because the
follow through is the same—
Pilot testing to see how to integrate the new strategy into your existing
system and align your implementation and professional development resources.
Taking it to scale.
what is the difference?
Program Self Assessment:
Identify a system or element of a system that you feel is not producing.
Develop a work group to
Help you think through the problem
Identify and select possible alternatives and plan the pilots
Identify a part of your program that is not producing
Develop a work group to help you
Think through the problem
Think about possible causes
Identify promising alternatives and plan the pilots
New Information (Research Findings)
Develop a workgroup to help you
Access the findings
Understand those findings
Judge the worth and applicability of the findings
Set up the pilots
Trident: Visual of how the three relate to each other.
have resources for the first two:
Program Self Assessment
NAEPDC’s State Directors Management and Organizational Self Assessment
publication and training
NAEPDC’s Going to Scale publication and training
Leadership in Action training and materials (Abt Assoc. and NAEPDC)
Pelavin (AIR) NRS training and materials
Institute will give you the third resource in your Program Improvement Arsenal.