Organization Drivers

An implementation drivers diagram portrayed as a triangle with the words "organizational drivers" highlighted

Now let's turn to the Organization Drivers. 

Organization Drivers are used to develop the supports and infrastructures needed to create a hospitable environment for new programs and innovations. These supports may need to be developed across the building and district levels.  Let’s briefly touch on each component. 

Decision-Support Data Systems — Better decisions are made when data are available to inform the decision-making process.  A functional decision-support data system includes quality assurance data, fidelity data, and outcome data. Data need to be reliable, reported frequently, built into everyday routines, accessible at the classroom and building levels, and used to make decisions at the student, teacher, and building level. Data should include both quantitative and qualitative indicators, centering on the experiences of practitioners, students, and families.   

Facilitative Administration — Facilitative administration describes how leaders use various strategies to ‘facilitate’ the use of the program or practice. They use a wide range of data to inform decision-making to support the overall implementation processes and keep staff organized and focused on achieving the desired outcomes. The goal is to break down internal barriers and make the work of staff easier and less burdensome. This means that leaders and their teams proactively look for ways to: 

  • Secure needed resources 
  • Use data to identify and effectively address challenges 
  • develop clear communication protocols and functional feedback loops 
  • adjust and develop policies, procedures, and guidelines to support the new way of work 
  • make changes to roles, functions, and structures to accommodate the program or practice 

Systems Interventions — Systems intervention describes how leaders actively collaborate with external partners to secure the resources necessary to support and sustain the program or practice. Systems Intervention strategies engage external systems or levels of the education system that are not under the immediate control of the administrators to identify, communicate and resolve systemic issues and barriers. Resources, policies, communication, and systems support need to be aligned to support implementation. 

SISEP Video Series: Voices from the Field - Organization Drivers Video 1

Dr. Steve Goodman, Director of the MiMTSS Technical Assistance Center, provides an overview of the Organization Drivers.  Click to Tweet