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investigate

Now that the group has an agreed upon idea about the general direction of the innovation, group members need to investigate both literature and other schools/institutions that have implemented similar innovations.

  • It is likely that no one has implemented an innovation that is identical to the one agreed upon, but it is still important to see what else has been done along the same lines and to note lessons that could be learned, pitfalls to avoid, and benefits that may not have been previously considered.

  • The investigation phase should be flexible and may encompass many different types of work. Examples include, but are not limited to:

    • Published literature

    • Phone or in person conversations with others who have made similar innovations

    • Site visits to schools that have implemented similar innovations

  • Once the investigation phase is complete, members report back to the whole group regarding what they learned.


Reflective questions about the investigation

What can we learn from others?

  • Who has already done this?

    • Contact other schools, teachers, institutions and find out how it went for them and why.

  • What is the research?

    • Do a literature review, contact experts and universities for current research.

  • What is the expertise in our community?

    • Find out what your families, faculty and students know how this issue.

    • Who are the stakeholders? Who will be involved with the process?

  • Based on what we’ve learned, is our key issue still the same? How has it evolved?

Each of the above subsections is broken apart further below for more reflection throughout the process.


who has already done this?

  • What went well for them?

  • What was difficult?

  • What do they wish they did differently?

  • How are they different from you/your school?

    • How will that impact your implementation

  • What will you do differently?

Based on what we’ve learned, is our key issue still the same? How has it evolved?


What is the research?

  • What are the best practices?

  • Does this work in your community? Your size?

  • How much time/effort/money does it take?

Based on what we’ve learned, is our key issue still the same? How has it evolved?


What is the expertise in your community?

  • Do you have experts in your faculty/community/students that can help with the plan development and implementation?

  • What are their strengths?

  • What can they contribute?

Based on what we’ve learned, is our key issue still the same? How has it evolved?