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Books and research papers on delivery
Building on the work on Sir Michael Barber, EDI developed and published a number of publications that provided further guidance and evidence on the use of the delivery approach.
Delivery Research Brief – Not another meeting: How performance management routines help education systems deliver on their goals for students
In the second of a series of research briefs from EDI, we ask what data from the field can tell us about the ways in which leaders keep their systems focused on their goals through regular conversations about progress. Not another meeting: How performance management routines help education systems deliver on their goals for students considers five years’ data from “capacity reviews” and examines the challenges leaders face in holding conversations that are regular, effective and focused on taking action to improve performance. The data shows common and widespread challenges, but there are also bright spots: we hear in particular from colleagues in Massachusetts, Tennessee and Colorado who have turned the humble meeting into an engine that drives delivery for students.
Special Delivery – From the Inside Out: Improving internal communication to support standards implementation in Kansas
The word “communication” often conjures up images of press releases, elaborate websites and speaking tours. But an important – and often neglected – aspect is internal communications. If education leaders don’t communicate well with each other about what they’re trying to achieve and how they’re planning to achieve it, implementation suffers. This edition of Special Delivery looks at how one team in the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) and a number of their internal colleagues worked together to improve internal communication.
Delivery Research Brief – Eyes on the Prize: The capacity of education leaders to use system-wide goals to drive student success
In the first of a series of research briefs focused on the biggest implementation challenges facing American education today, EDI looks at what data from the field can tell us about education leaders’ capacity to anchor their work in clear student outcome goals. Eyes on the prize: The capacity of education leaders to use system-wide goals to drive student success looks back at five years of data from “capacity reviews” and discusses the challenges involved in setting meaningful system goals. We also hear from leaders about the impact that defining goals and “trajectories” can have in uniting a system around an effort to make change for students.
Internationally recognized education expert Michael Barber provides proven methods and clear steps to achieve successful policy implementation and offers practical solutions for reviving stalled reform efforts.
State education leaders can maximize the impact of their efforts by creating strong, collaborative relationships with school leaders throughout their states. These kinds of relationships may represent new roles for many state education agencies, which have traditionally focused their efforts on monitoring and compliance matters. The challenge of building these effective relationships is a substantial one, but one many states are embracing to ensure that their systems experience real, lasting change.
Tony Blair’s election victory in June 2001, which gave him a second term, came with a big promise as he told the British people that the election result was understood by him to be ‘a mandate for reform…an instruction to deliver.’ In Instruction to Deliver, Sir Michael Barber tells the story of this important aspect of the Blair Government.
Michael Barber, former chief advisor on delivery to British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and his colleagues thoroughly describe his proven reform delivery processes in this practical field guide.