Benchmarking for School Improvement

Author: Anthony Kelly
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134518870
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Benchmarking is a term used by the DfEE and OFSTED to describe a school's performance against a national or local average. This useful guide helps senior management teams of schools or colleges, to undertake their own benchmarking, with the aim of increasing effectiveness and improvement. Tony Kelly looks at the different types of benchmarking and what should be benchmarked and why. He discusses the possibility of forming a benchmarking partnership with another organisation which is acknowledged to be better performing. He also addresses the process of forming a benchmarking team within a school or college. Practical guidance is provided on techniques such as making an effectiveness comparison, targeting for improvement, and producing target-setting tables and benchmarking comparison charts. The content of the book has been based on extensive research from the UK and overseas. It provides step-by-step advice, photocopiable templates and suggestions for further reading.

Education Studies

Author: John Sharp
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1844455645
Format: PDF, Docs
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Education Studies continues to grow as a popular undergraduate area of study. This core text addresses themes common to all Education Studies courses. It benefits from a large list of contributors from key institutions. This second edition includes chapters on education and employment, new media and sex and relationships education and is fully revised and updated. For each topic, an overview and discussion are accompanied by features such as Research and Pause for Thought boxes to promote reflection and analysis and to encourage the reader to engage with the text.

Effective Benchmarking

Author: Mohamed Zairi
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9780412714900
Format: PDF, Docs
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This book provides the reader with inside knowledge about the application and workability of the concept of benchmarking in different industrial contexts. It takes a practical approach, including case studies in benchmarking applications from a cross-section of industry and commerce, and promotes state-of-the-art thinking and innovation through the use of benchmarking. It is the key text for senior managers, project teams, trainers and consultants in benchmarking and quality management. Effective Benchmarking features include: 20 case studies from nine different sectors; evidence that benchmarking can help achieve competitive advantage; numerous tips and useful information.

The New Public Management of Scotland

Author: Robert Mackie
Publisher: Thomson/W. Green
Format: PDF, Docs
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Combines developments in the management of Scottish local government and the NHS in Scotland. This book is a source of information for practitioners and students, and deals with essential background information. It also looks at the structural changes and their implications. It is designed for those interested in Scottish public administration.

Schools Must Speak for Themselves

Author: John MacBeath
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134626258
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This best-selling book illustrates how schools can tell their own story. It draws on ground-breaking work with the National Union of Teachers to demonstrate a practical approach to identifying what makes a good school and the part that pupils, parents and teachers can play in school improvement. Its usefulness for and use by, classroom teachers to evaluate their practice will prove to be its greatest strength in an ever expanding effectiveness literature.

Place Randomized Trials

Author: Robert F. Boruch
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
ISBN: 9781412925822
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The phrase "evidence-based policy" is frequently used, but it's crucial that such claims are scrutinized and validated. When the data on social and behavioral interventions are presented, high-quality evidence must be clearly defined and the methodology behind such studies held to rigorous standards. Both the Cochrane Collaboration –focusing on healthcare – and the international Campbell Collaboration – concentrating on criminal justice, education, and social services – were created to develop, maintain and improve detailed guidelines for producing high-quality systematic reviews. And both organizations emphasize randomized controlled trials to evaluate the effectiveness of various interventions. As a springboard from the Campbell Collaboration initiative and supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, this special issue of The Annals includes a thorough review of randomized tests across a variety of studies. Exploring significant dimensions of place randomized trials (also called cluster randomized trials or group randomized trials), these papers shed light on recent efforts to enhance the quality of designing such trials as well as on results reporting. The research topics included in this volume are diverse. Taken together, these papers offer important insight into the nuts and bolts of conducting randomized trials: the significance of place in trials; how such studies are initiated; the incentives and justifications needed by participants; how to overcome challenges of implementation; and where to find out what studies have already been conducted or are currently underway. While providing far-reaching insight into the topic of randomized testing, these papers also identify new issues and key questions to be further addressed in future research. Scholars and policymakers alike will find this collection of rigorous research essential in understanding the implications of current evidence-based policies as well as a guidepost for designing and conducting new studies.

Benchmarking in higher education

Author: Jeffrey W. Alstete
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
ISBN: 9781878380692
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Benchmarking is a systematic process for evaluating work processes and recognizing the most efficient practices. This report explores the literature on benchmarking in higher education and discusses its components as a tool for quality improvement.

Data Analysis for Continuous School Improvement

Author: Victoria L. Bernhardt
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351587854
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This book is a call to action. It is about inspiring schools and school districts to commit to continuous school improvement by providing a framework that will result in improving teaching for every teacher and learning for every student through the comprehensive use of data. A culmination of over 30 years of doing the hard work in schools and districts both nationally and internationally, Data Analysis for Continuous School Improvement shares new, evidence-based learnings about how to analyze, report, communicate, and use multiple measures of data. The updated edition provides a wealth of tools, protocols, timelines, examples, and strategies that will help schools and districts become genuine learning organizations. Data Analysis for Continuous School Improvement provides a new definition of school improvement, away from a singular focus on compliance, toward a true commitment to excellence.

Impact Evaluation in Practice Second Edition

Author: Paul J. Gertler
Publisher: World Bank Publications
ISBN: 1464807809
Format: PDF
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The second edition of the Impact Evaluation in Practice handbook is a comprehensive and accessible introduction to impact evaluation for policy makers and development practitioners. First published in 2011, it has been used widely across the development and academic communities. The book incorporates real-world examples to present practical guidelines for designing and implementing impact evaluations. Readers will gain an understanding of impact evaluations and the best ways to use them to design evidence-based policies and programs. The updated version covers the newest techniques for evaluating programs and includes state-of-the-art implementation advice, as well as an expanded set of examples and case studies that draw on recent development challenges. It also includes new material on research ethics and partnerships to conduct impact evaluation. The handbook is divided into four sections: Part One discusses what to evaluate and why; Part Two presents the main impact evaluation methods; Part Three addresses how to manage impact evaluations; Part Four reviews impact evaluation sampling and data collection. Case studies illustrate different applications of impact evaluations. The book links to complementary instructional material available online, including an applied case as well as questions and answers. The updated second edition will be a valuable resource for the international development community, universities, and policy makers looking to build better evidence around what works in development.