The Continuous Improvement Process
Tutorial
• Goal of the Tutorial
– Introduction to the process - (for those with little
or no experience with the framework)
– Review of the process - (for those wanting to
check their understanding, or refresh their
memories)
The Continuous Improvement Process
Tutorial
• Materials needed for this tutorial – download a copy
of the required worksheet is available for download to the right of this
screen
• Estimated time needed to complete tutorial –
approximately 15-30 minutes depending upon the number of participants
and the depth of your interaction with the application activities
Your Work:
• Select one work activity that you are
responsible for.
• Individually or with a partner, outline the
steps you typically follow when making
decisions.
The Continuous Improvement Process
The cornerstone of any
school improvement
effort is the relentless pursuit of excellence
through the application of the
Continuous Improvement Process.
The Continuous Improvement Process
Evaluation
Needs
Assessment
Implementation
Planning
The process we use to get even better!
Continuous Improvement Process
Needs Assessment: Activities
• Collect and analyze multiple sources of data
(quantitative and qualitative)
• Identify prioritize needs (at a system, building,
individual level) ; establish the “what”
• Identify root cause(s) of needs; establish the “why”
• Establish a baseline
Continuous Improvement Process
Needs Assessment: Guiding Questions
 What data sources, and assessment tools and
methods are available and necessary to identify
areas of need?
 “What” are the identified needs and “Why” does
this need exist (root cause)?
 What is the baseline (specific and measureable)
for the identified need(s)?
Continuous Improvement Process
Planning: Activities
 Select research-based practices to address
identified needs
 Establish intended results/goals
 Create implementation action plan(s)
 Plan professional development
 Align resources
Continuous Improvement Process
Planning: Guiding Questions
 What research-based approaches best address the
identified need(s)?
 What are the intended results/goals
(measureable)?
 How will staff be adequately trained to carry out
the action plan?
 How will resources be prioritized to address the
needs?
Continuous Improvement Process
Implementation: Activities
 Implement action plan(s) w/integrity/fidelity
 Collect and analyze implementation data
(adult actions)
 Collect and analyze progress/performance
data (students)
 Monitor resources
 Make mid-course corrections as necessary
Continuous Improvement Process
Implementation: Guiding Questions
 How will we assure the action plan is being
implemented with integrity and fidelity and
measured?
 How will progress toward intended outcomes be
monitored?
 What “mid-course” corrections are necessary
(delivery of action plan or resource allocation)?
Continuous Improvement Process
 Evaluation: Activities
 Collect and analyze data so progress toward
intended results and goal can be evaluated
 Collect and analyze data to determine the merit,
and worth of the plan/program
 Link data back into the needs assessment phase and
modify plan (chosen solution, action plan, goal,
etc…) if indicated by data
Continuous Improvement Process
Evaluation: Guiding Questions
 What data needs to be collected and analyzed
to determine the success of the action plan in
meeting the intended goal(s)?
 Was the goal met and is the current action plan
worthy of continuation?
 How will evaluation data be used to redefine
or reconsider identified needs?
Individual
Continuous Improvement
Initiatives
Comprehensive
School/Service
Improvement Plan
Professional
Iowa
Development
Professional
Process
Development
LEA and AEA
Model
(CSIP)
(IPDM)
Schools/Districts
in Need of Assistance
(SINA/DINA)
Positive
Behavior
Intervention
Supports
(PBIS)
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Instructional
Decision Making
Process
General
Education
Interventions
(GEI)
(IDM)
Developing a culture of
Continuous Improvement Process
Individually or with a partner,
reflect upon the following questions:
 Which phase(s) do you/your school do well?
How do you know?
 Which phase(s) do you/your school need to
improve? How do you know?
 How can the work I do improve?
Thank you for taking the time to
complete this tutorial on the
Continuous Improvement
Process.
Evaluation
Needs
Assessment
Implementation
Planning