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Step 4. Implementation

A well-run implementation process can help build confidence for future programs and contribute to filling research gaps. A "well-run" process does not necessarily entail improved student success, nor should that be a guaranteed outcome. Rather, clear communication, pre-designed support networks, and transparency can help build confidence among educators, parents, and other stakeholders—critical to long-term success for any intervention, especially when using new technology.

Implement your plans

  • Have you designed a process for troubleshooting hardware, software, and internet issues that may arise during implementation?
  • Have you ensured there is active support and mentorship for educators trialing new content, including mentors or other PD staff?
  • Have you created weekly or monthly communication materials to relevant stakeholders, including families or other primary care-givers?

Additional Resources on Data Collection:

  • "Putting Data to Work for Young People" by RAND corporation is a step by step plan for collecting, analyzing and managing data to improve decision-making.
  • The Harvard Family Research Project compiled a resource to summarize a few different ways to collect data in Out of School Time Evaluations.

Collecting data on implementation and outcomes

  • Have you established your pre and post assessment tools?
  • Have you designed surveys to understand student, teacher, and parent experiences?
  • Have you involved students in survey design? It is a great way to get to know what matters most and is relevant to them.
  • Have you designed a process and obtained necessary approvals to collect and/or merge data of interest, including assessment data, survey data, or descriptive statistics on students, teachers, or other stakeholders?
  • Have you designed a process to monitor survey and/or assessment data collection and its accuracy during the program?