Track the Impact

As you implement and scale your solution into your classroom, school, district, community, or beyond, it's important to continue to learn how your solution is working in the real world. As new technologies emerge, and new processes are adopted, conditions within the education system are constantly changing. If you are a champion for your solution, your work is never quite done.
 

Assess your impact

In order to make sure your solution is still relevant, your team should continue to track its impact. Ongoing feedback from your users and stakeholders will help the team continue to iterate on the solution in order to keep it valuable, feasible, viable, and relevant in changing conditions. We've provided resources below to help you do this.
 

Share your progress

To keep people up-to-date about your progress, we also recommend creating a website or blog for your project. This is an easy way to share your team's story as well as your solution with others, thereby easily increasing your reach. Make sure to link to it in your Project page!

 

Time Needed

2-3 hours/month

Impact Assessment

To assess the impact of your solution, it is important to take a systemic and holistic view. You can use the following exercise once a month to ensure your solution is facilitating the outcomes you desire.
 
1. On a whiteboard or with post-it notes, map or list all the stakeholders that your solution might impact – in positive, negative, or neutral ways. You can refer to your Stakeholder Mapping exercise from the Define phase. Remember to include stakeholders that your team may not be focused on, such as funders, policy-makers, or other community members. Put this map or list in a place where you can refer to it often.
 
2. As you see and track the effects of a solution, write the effects on the list or map. Color code the stakeholders that receive benefits from the solution as well as those that experience negative effects.
 
3. Using this learning, continue to iterate on the solutions to find ways to increase the positive effects and lessen negative effects. You can refer to the Play phase to use the cycle of prototyping, testing, learning, and iterating. Make sure to keep track of what you're learning and how you are iterating on your solution, so you have a clear narrative for reference.
 

Identify indicators of impact

To track the impact of your solution, keep an eye out for indicators (both positive and negative). For instance, if your goal was to increase teacher collaboration across your district, and your solution was a monthly after-school "unconference", a possible indicator could be the growing similarity of evaluation approaches at various schools in the district. Another indicator could be the number of informal cross-district professional learning communities that develop. Make sure to take note of key changes that occur -- they may be a result of your solution.

Think critically

Often teams look for only the positive and intended consequences. To get a full view of impact, it is critical to challenge yourself to look for the negative and unintended consequences of solutions.

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