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Stage 2: Milestone 3

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MILESTONES:

Stage 2: Image Map Navigation PLAN-TO-PLAN DISTRIBUTE LEADERSHIP DEFINE KEY FUNCTIONS  

STAGE 2: DEVELOP AN OPERATING FRAMEWORK
Milestone #3: Plan to Plan


Some things to think about:

Identify resources for key planning functions. Until now, resource needs have been minimal. As the initiative begins to take shape, however, implementation planning must begin in earnest. Individual partners need to identify, integrate, and align existing resources to support planning functions, although partners do not need to develop funding strategies to sustain a scaled-up system until later in Stage 4.

For now, if an intermediary is selected, partners must decide how to underwrite its work—whether by contributing services and redirecting or detailing staff, channeling funds through an existing funding stream, or seeking out a foundation grant.

Formalize intermediary role. A formal agreement needs to spell out the intermediary’s role and responsibilities with respect to the school district and other partners. The agreement should state how partners will oversee the intermediary’s performance and, if necessary, either replace the intermediary or redirect its work in the event of unacceptable performance. Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) and interagency agreements should clarify how partners will share financial accountability.

Develop an initial work plan.
In preparation for scale-up planning, the intermediary should develop a work plan for presentation to the partners for their approval. Planning will likely occur over several months. By now, initiative leaders should all agree on the importance of the key functions that will build and sustain their work, including the demonstration of results, the collection of useful and reliable data, and ongoing evaluation. These functions will play an important part in Stage Three.
 
 
 

 
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