Welcome to Lesson 3: Plan. We know you’re quite skilled in planning and understand that the more thoughtfully a plan is designed, the better chance for a successful project. In this lesson we explore a variety of topics: evidence-based practice, research and identifying programs and policies that hold promise for your agency and city.
As you move through the lesson, we wish to support you in connecting the dots between your project’s hypothesis, goals, measurable activities and outcomes. Enjoy the learning.
In this lesson, you will be introduced to the planning phase of continuous quality improvement (CQI). You will explore programs and policies on evidence-informed strategies. You’ll engage in analysis of research to strengthen your ability to identify and analyze practice, protocols and policies. This section will also focus on creating a hypothesis and logic model.
Participants completing the classroom, coaching and online lesson will be able to:
Describe the second component of CQI: Plan
Demonstrate ability to plan
Articulate how CQI relates to strategic planning
List ways that CQI can affect local office practice
Understand the role data plays in planning
Create a hypothesis (if we do “A” then “B” will happen) based on research
Demonstrate the ability to describe a logic model with hypothesis, activities and outcomes
Demonstrate the planning phase for a local project
Articulate the difference between evidence-based and evidence-informed practices
Articulate difference between best practice and promising practices
Identify benefits of evidence-informed practice
Identify trusted and well-known sources for behavioral health, child welfare, public health, youth development and education research
Identify research to inform solutions
Describe how data may inform policy
Create a hypothesis
Conduct the planning phase for local innovation
Communicate the course process with local staff the goals of the second phase of the local project/innovation: planning