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ERIC Number: ED574534
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
Changing Systems to Improve Outcomes: A Midterm Review of PTR Implementation Partnerships. Insights on Equity and Outcomes. Issue 17
Graham, Edmund; McCambly, Heather
Office of Community College Research and Leadership
One of the driving forces behind the design of the Pathways to Results (PTR) initiative is to dismantle and redesign systems to produce equitable outcomes. This notion of systems producing the exact outcomes for which they were designed can also be applied to the Pathways to Results methodology itself. After five years of leading PTR initiatives the authors began a process of deep review and reflection, including interviews and focus groups with a diverse set of PTR team leaders and a broad analysis of team artifacts and outcomes. This analysis revealed a number of critical strengths (e.g., raising the issue of equity, building capacity for using local data), as well as some important shortcomings. Further analysis of the PTR process and qualitative data revealed that indeed these shortcomings were partially built into their methodology. In light of ongoing reflection, they decided it was time for PTR to evolve. The result was the creation of what is colloquially referred to as "PTR Year 2" or more formally as "Pathways to Results: Implementation Partnerships." The idea was simple: an opportunity for teams to work in a supportive community to leverage their work from the initial PTR process to launch an equity-minded improvement or series of improvements and evaluate the impacts. Highlights from this process include: (1) The Pathways to Results model has evolved to better support implementation and scaling work on community college campuses; (2) Each participating team has unique implementation or scaling strengths--one from each team is highlighted here; and (3) Areas for further development of the project model have emerged related to equity in intervention design, resilience, and strengthening networks for accelerating change.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Illinois Community College Board
Authoring Institution: Illinois University, Office of Community College Research and Leadership
Identifiers - Location: Illinois