Wednesday February 28, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Workshop C
Practical Measurement in Improvement Science
Sola Takahashi, WestEd
Jonathan Dolle, WestEd


In the day-to-day work of educational systems, educators and administrators require data to help them determine if program changes they introduce are leading to improvements. Data designed and collected for accountability or research do not typically have the specificity, frequency, or contextual information necessary to routinely guide improvement efforts occurring in classrooms, schools, or districts. Practical measurement is an approach to collecting, analyzing, and using data to inform such efforts.

In this workshop, we will explore the central principles of improvement science, a continuous improvement method that relies on diverse actors including educators and administrators. Participants in the workshop thinking about applied work in education will learn to articulate a shared aim and theory for achieving that aim, and will also learn from and refine their theory of improvement through successive cycles of measurement and testing. Through illustrative cases, we will discuss how practical measures are developed and utilized in the application of improvement science methods.

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