Step 3. Plan for Implementation
Planning for implementation requires dedicated time and capacity.
- Build a logic model for your approach
- Use your favorite logic model design or use REL Pacific's Logic Model tool or the template provided here (See Figure 2).
- Ensure that your inputs include student attendance and that you have a way to track which students receive which programming and supports.
- Develop detailed implementation plans, timelines, and workplans
- Ensure sufficient time for staff recruitment and training
- Build a plan or review the plan that your staff recruitment and training technical assistance provider give you.
- Connect with your AmeriCorps State Service Commission to determine opportunities to utilize Corps members as staff members to scale rapidly
- Secure a technical assistance contract for staff training and professional development. If not, use the Y4Y resources.
- If feasible, recruit high school students as staff members to provide them with summer jobs and strong PD.
- Ensure sufficient time for student recruitment and family engagement
- Do you have partnerships with community-based organizations, family and community engagement experts or others?
- Develop plans for continuous improvement, data collection, and evaluation
- Read and use the templates provided in the continuous improvement toolkit that IES and REL Northeast and Island published for schools and districts to use continuous improvement in education.
- Establish a plan for continuous improvement and if applicable rigorous evaluation of your program. A great place to start is the "Putting Data to Work for Young People" by RAND Corporation, a step by step plan for collecting, analyzing and managing data to improve decision making or Harvard Family Research Project's Afterschool Evaluation 101 report.
- If you are running a STEM program, A Program Director's Guide to Evaluating STEM Education Programs, review an National Science Foundation (NSF) supported TA tool.
Additional Resources from the U.S. Department of Education
Other Additional Resources (non-U.S. Department of Education)