Hillary and Shelagh give you 4 criteria for creating an action plan to turn the curve.
Does your team come up with tons of great action ideas, low cost, no cost, research based and best practice, our best thinking, and what has worked in other states and outside the country. Now how do they pare them down into a reasonable strategy, something we can afford to do, to turn the curve?
First of all REMEMBER: The purpose of our work is not how to spend the money we have – It’s how to get the results that we want. Once you come up with all the things you could potentially do, decide on your action strategy by using these 4 criteria.
1. Specificity – who what where when how 2. Leverage – to turn the curve 3. Values – community and personal 4. Reach – feasible and affordable H – this year M – next year L – 2 – 10 years
Specificity: Is the idea specific enough to be implemented? Can it actually be done? Example: BAD Everyone should have housing. GOOD: Building ten new units of low income housing
Leverage: How much difference will he proposed action make on results, indicators and truning the curve? This is the most important of the criteria. It doesn’t matter how well an idea scores on the other criteria if it won’t make any difference. Investing in quality child care is a high leverage action get children ready for school. Handing out parenting literature at the county fair is not necessarily a bad idea, but its’ a low leverage action.
Values: Is it consistent with our personal and community values? There are many action s that are specific and high leverage but not consistent with our values.
EXAMPLE: BAD Kicking out all the trhoublemakers to improve school attendance rates. This shouldn’t be done because it’s wrong.
Reach: Is it feasible and affordable? Can it acutally be done and when? No-cost and low-cost actions will rate higher here. Actions that require significant new resources will rate lower. Actions where there is a clear lead person or organization will rate higher. Actions where everyone says it’s a good idea but o one wants to do it will rate lower.
Rate them High, Medium, or Low. Fix the ones that need fixing. Make a timeframe.
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