Turn ideas into goals—and goals into impact The road to school improvement and student achievement is paved with good intentions—so why does the destination seem so far away? If you’re like most educators, the answer is a pothole known as the implementation gap. This book provides a road map to bypassing that gap in your school or district, offering a carefully researched, field–tested methodology that takes leadership teams, professional learning communities, and educators all the way from good ideas to systematic impact. Following the five Ds, you’ll:  • Discover goals worth pursuing and problems worth addressing  • Design instruments and actions that generate deep impact  • Deliver interventions and collect data  • Double-back to monitor your progress and evaluate the impact  • Double-up to enhance, sustain, and scale your success You became an educator to make a difference in students’ lives. With this playbook, you’ll transform research and ideas into achievable actions—and make maximum impact.

D4: Double-Back

D4: Double-Back

Monitor and evaluate your deliverychain and agree on PRIORITY actions

  • Monitor Your Evaluation
  • Monitor Your Delivery
  • Evaluate Your Delivery and Agree onNext Steps Using the Step 2.1–2.4 Tools
  • Evaluate Your Evaluation!


In their brilliant book Building State Capability, Matt Andrews, Michael Woolcock, and Lant Pritchett (2017) distinguish between goals that are fiendishly hard to progress and those that are relatively easy. The hard ones they call“1804 problems” and the easier ones“2017 problems” (because they wrote the book in 2017). They illustrate the difference between the two types of problems in the context of attempting to travel from St. Louis in Missouri to Los Angeles, California.

In the 2017 version of the travel task, the actions are straightforward. If ...

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