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Part Three: Stage 3 Overview

Stage 1 | Stage 2 | Stage 3 | Stage 4 | Stage 5 | Stage 6

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STAGE 3: PLAN FOR SCALE UP
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Stage 3 begins to develop the second characteristic of effective scale-up—system spread. Activities across a variety of functions lay the groundwork for adequate depth of practice and sustainability in later stages.

Planning is based on the initiative’s broad vision of a scaled-up system of community schools and how that vision aligns with the school system’s strategic plan. To support both the implementation and evaluation of a scaled-up system of community schools, the initiative specifies clear results and develops a results-based logic model to show how inputs interact and lead to agreed-upon results. With the participation of site leaders, the initiative designs a rollout strategy to create a network of schools connected across the community by, for example, geography, economic need, or school level.

Stage 3 addresses virtually every functional area of the scale-up initiative. Collaborative leadership develops as sites become involved in the initiative and intermediaries step up their management and coordination efforts. Data collection, professional development, technical assistance and policy support, efforts to align and integrate efforts across the initiative, and community engagement are all in play.

One notable exception is finance. In Stage 2, partners took steps to fund an intermediary and underwrite Stage 3 planning costs; they also agreed to include costs for data and evaluation as an ongoing budget item. In Stage 3, the initiative temporarily leaves aside financial considerations in order to help partners concentrate on building a system designed to work. How to pay for such a system is, of course, vitally important. Stage 4 addresses the development of long-range financing and how to garner political support for sustained funding.

 

 


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