The Evidence for Improvement approach described in this paper is designed to enhance a network’s internal learning processes and, in turn, lead to more positive impacts for educators and students. It has implications for improvement practitioners, evaluators, and funders.
This course introduces the Evidence for Improvement (EFI) framework as an approach to attending to the work of an improvement network and is intended for network leaders and individuals who support the analytic activities of networks. In the course, participants will use the framework to consider a network’s activity related to its working theory of improvement, collaboration among its partners, concerns about scaling, and interaction with its environmental context. Course activities emphasize the importance of simultaneously engaging with the work in each of these areas and the implications that doing so has for the collaboration between a network leader and an analytic partner(s).
- Understand the Evidence for Improvement framework.
- Identify key approaches, techniques, and tools used by analytic partners at each of the areas of inquiry—working theory of improvement, collaboration among its partners, concerns about scaling, and interaction with its environmental context—and have an introductory understanding of how they are used.
- Describe how and why analyzing each of the improvement network levels—environmental contexts, improvement enterprise, and working theory of improvement—is important to a well-functioning improvement effort.
- Articulate the role of analytic partners and how it differs from the role of traditional evaluators.
This is an interactive 1.5 day in-person workshop. Course registration includes a light breakfast each day, as well as lunch and an evening reception on Day 1. The course adjourns at lunchtime on Day 2.
This course is designed for individual participants. Analytic partners may find it particularly useful to attend with the network directors with whom they work.
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