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ERIC Number: ED501422
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Turning a Project or Pilot into a Catalyst for Systemic Change and Sustainability
Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA
Efforts to make substantial and substantive improvements related to mental health in schools and student/learning supports requires much more than implementing a few demonstrations. Improved approaches are only as good as a school district's ability to develop and institutionalize them equitably in all its schools. This process often is called diffusion, replication, roll out, or scale-up. The frequent failure to sustain innovations and take them to scale in school districts has increased interest in understanding systemic change as a central concern in school improvement. This report provides examples of steps for turning a pilot project into a catalyst for systemic change and sustainability: (1) Refer to the project as an "Initiative" rather than a "Pilot"; (2) Establish an initiative director and leadership team; (3) Establish an infrastructure; (4) Adopt a comprehensive vision and write a design document; (5) Start a process for translating the vision into policy; (6) Develop a 5-year strategic plan; and (7) Move the strategic plan to implementation. Lists of suggested benchmarks and references are included. (Contains 15 resources.)
Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA. Department of Psychology, Franz Hall, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Box 951563, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563. Tel: 310-825-3634; Fax: 310-206-8716; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Office of Adolescent Health (DHHS/PHS); Public Health Service (DHHS), Rockville, MD.; Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD.; Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: University of California, Los Angeles, Center for Mental Health in Schools
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A