Function 2: Engage the Community

A critical role and function of any Implementation Team is to engage its community.  Involving stakeholders in a meaningful way creates opportunities to share information, address concerns, “mine” the expertise they bring, and build support for decisions.

In Education, depending on the EBI/EII, “Community” may include genuine parent/family partnership that is representative of all students, union representation, as well as school improvement and community partners such as mental health, early childhood services, etc.

Genuine outreach and transparent communication support Implementation Teams in making sound decisions and monitoring the impact of their decisions.  Decisions that can benefit from broader community input can range from:

  • Deciding on which innovations to support based on need,
  • Evaluating the evidence  related to the effectiveness of the innovation, and
  • Assessing the quality of the data being collected (how reliable and valid are the data).