Everything you need to implement school change that gets results! If you’ve been wondering how to effectively lead and manage results-driven, system-wide implementations, look no further. Internationally recognized education expert Michael Barber explores exactly how to translate policy into practice for long-term, measurable results. Building on his groundbreaking book, Deliverology 101, Barber provides proven methods and clear steps to achieve successful policy implementation and offer practical solutions for reviving stalled reform efforts. New cases studies and embedded links help you develop a delivery “skillset” for building capacity, effective coalitions, and a coherent, flexible plan for implementation. Leaders and staff at both national and local levels will learn to: • Establish a Delivery Unit to set clear, measureable goals and build a reform coalition • Understand delivery through data analysis and strategic progress monitoring • Plan for delivery with explicit, day-to-day implementation planning updated with proven methods from years of practice • Drive delivery with progress monitoring, momentum building, and course corrections • Create an irreversible delivery culture by identifying and addressing challenges as they occur Don’t leave your education policy implementation to chance. Use this new field guide to get your implementation on the right track today!
Chapter 1A: Define Your Aspiration
Define Your Aspiration
System Leader Summary
Your aspiration helps you answer the first question of delivery: “What are you trying to do?” It defines an outcome connected to your moral purpose, it defines how you’d like to see that outcome move, and it can be broken down into no more than a handful of goals—each with a metric, target, and goal leader who holds primary responsibility for achieving it. An aspiration is most useful when it is widely shared across your system—which is why aspiration-setting is as much an exercise in communication as it is in visionary thinking.
As system leader, you’re the direction-setter in chief. You’ll ultimately be the owner of the aspiration and the chief communicator of it. Even if you designate ...