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Part 4 - Looking Back:

In phase four, you gather results and evaluate the project. What could you do different? What could have gone better? What were the surprises? How did you deal with them? Are there new opportunities created by your work?

Examine your assessment. You should have identified the state of things, and the desired state. Did you bridge the gap? Why or why not? Look at your plan. Did you stick with it? Where and how often were deviations needed?

What about your execution phase? Who dove in and led? What about this phase is scalable or repeatable? Can you do likewise in another school or district?

If you are starting to see a parallel with this phase and the assessment, you're right on. This phase is about questions, and the answers will lead back into the assessment phase of your next project which may build on or continue this one. At the end of this phase you should be able to standardize a new process, or identify new opportunities for change and improvement.

To recap the four phases we've discussed:

Assessment: Identify and study the problem. Research and findings.

Planning: Identify and discuss potential solutions, available resources, timelines, scope deliverables and document.

Execution: Go! And go like crazy!

Looking Back: Gather and analyze data on the project, identify new gaps, summarize and document.

Repeat as necessary.

Congratulations! Reconvene the group to celebrate successes and attack new challenges or identify existing gaps from initial assessment. Have yourself a Shirley Temple, you've earned it.


Read Part 1: Assessment
Read Part 2: Planning
Read Part 3: Execution