Systems Improvement Group (SIG)

Provides program evaluation services, high quality technical assistance, stakeholder facilitation, leadership development, and data analysis and visualization services to support systems improvement efforts in state and local education agencies.

The focus of the Systems Improvement Group is in three major areas:

  • Systems Improvement Through Capacity Building. Staff use analytical tools to identify components of systems (e.g., infrastructure, professional development needs, data and monitoring practices) to assess needs and engage in systems reform. This is accomplished by sharing evidence-based practices and other options that optimize system capacity to influence positive changes at a targeted level (e.g., state agency, classroom). Strategies include the identification of infrastructure improvements, data disaggregation, leveraging, stakeholder engagement and implementation, and development of results-focused monitoring systems.
  • Improvement Through Data Analytics. Staff provide training to those who must learn how to use data to make decisions. For example, the Systems Improvement Group has developed an evidenced-based training series designed to help clients use data in a meaningful way to address accountability requirements and support the improvement. It also uses data visualization strategies and root cause analysis to help clients in their improvement planning efforts.
  • Decision-Making Through Evaluation. Staff offer clients a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods to support decision-making in implementing systemic improvement efforts. They are highly skilled in developing new and innovative measures of processes and outcomes, which yield reliable formative and summative information about improved results for children and youth.