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It's all about Program Improvement






WIA 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.

There are three triggers (sources) for program improvement initiatives.  After the first three steps following these triggers, the process of program improvement is the same.

Two involve identifying a problem or weak area that exists.  The third involves new information that comes to you. 

Text Box: First, the two problem identifiers: 
The first problem identifier is a program self assessment wherein you examine your systems and their elements and identify the one you “feel” is not working well.

The second problem identifier is data analysis wherein your data tell you your program is not producing the desired results in a particular area.
Second, the new information:
The new information trigger comes from research.  The findings from a research project tells us “what is reasonable to believe” (Tom Green) about how to run a particular facet of our work.










It’s 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.

 So what is the difference?

 1. 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

2. Data Analysis

  • 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

 3. 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

 The Trident:  Visual of how the three relate to each other.

 We have resources for the first two: 

  1. Program Self Assessment
    1. NAEPDC’s State Directors Management and Organizational Self Assessment publication and training
    2. NAEPDC’s Going to Scale publication and training
  2. Data Analysis
    1. Leadership in Action training and materials (Abt Assoc. and NAEPDC)
    2. Pelavin (AIR) NRS training and materials

This Institute will give you the third resource in your Program Improvement Arsenal.


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