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Strategic Performance Management

In partnership with the Building State Capacity and Productivity Center

Through the BSCP Center, Academic Development Institute developed the SPM model, training materials, and an online management system and provided training and consulting support to achieve systemic change.  We promote performance management and productivity as the bedrock of practice for the SEA of the Future. Performance management is a holistic approach to improve the functioning of an organization by focusing on clear, measurable, and well-communicated goals and managing organization performance at all levels to attain those goals. Productivity is the ratio of effectiveness to cost. Advancing productivity means finding ways to maximize student outcomes with the money at hand.

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Strategic Performance Management

Sam Redding and Allison Layland
Building State Capacity and Productivity Center
Released: March 15, 2017 43 page PDF
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The Rise of the District: The pivot point for educational change is now firmly placed with the district, rebalancing the position of the state and the school relative to the local education agency (LEA). The state education agency (SEA) has been shifting its emphasis for decades, from a compliance-focused authority to a change agent equipped with systems, processes, training, and support to heighten the progress of the local district and its schools. A strategic approach to performance management fits neatly in this new organizational environment. Ideal for organizing people and their work in one entity (SEA, LEA, or school), strategic performance management is equally suited to a multi-organization system where interlaced data and responsive supports are critical. A state system of support is such a system.
The publication is presented in four parts:
•Part I: Casting a Responsive Net
•Part II: Synopsis of the Modules and Steps for an SEA, LEA, or School to Implement SPM
• Part III: Interlaced Data and Responsive Supports
•Part IV: Best Practice, Productivity, and Innovation 

With the SPM approach, each entity in the educational network claims its due share of autonomy, determining its organizational goals, strategies, performance measures, and actions. These core elements of SPM are structured in a way that implementation and performance data can flow between district and school and between both and the state, making possible responsive supports. In a multi-organizational application of SPM, the state agency itself adheres to the same principles of continuous improvement as districts and schools. The SPM processes generate useful, timely data to guide decision-making and course correction within each organization and across them. In this proposal, a networked application of SPM sharpens each organization’s unique direction, enhancing that organization’s productivity in pursuing its own goals.

Casting a Statewide Strategic Performance Net

Allison Layland and Sam Redding
Building State Capacity and Productivity Center
in partnership with Center on School Turnaround
Released: March 15, 2017 43 page PDF
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Strategic Performance for Your Branch

Sam Redding and Allison Layland
Building State Capacity and Productivity Center
Released: May 31, 2017 46 page PDF
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Not all SEAs or LEAs are ready or willing to take on the demanding task of building an agency-wide strategic system of performance management. Short of the full, agency-wide SPM, getting a division or strand in shape is a great idea. That is what this guidebook is about—applying SPM to a single division within an organization or a strand of work across an organization.

When the whole organization—SEA or LEA—implements strategic performance management, the role of every division and strand is included. But what can the leader of a division or strand do when the agency as a whole is not ready to adopt the performance management methodology? Can the leader apply strategic performance management methods to a division within an agency or a strand of work that spans divisions? We propose that the leader can, and furthermore, doing so will plant the seeds for building an agency-wide system. Always, an agency-wide system is preferable to strategic performance management for a division or strand, but why should the good be sacrificed on the altar of the perfect?

The publication is presented in three parts:
• Part I: Introduction to Strategic Performance Management
• Part II: SPM in an Organization’s Division or Strand of Work
• Part III: Modules and Steps for a Division or Strand to Implement SPM Methods

SPM is a multistep process that can guide the leadership of a division or strand in designing and revising a system of performance management. A division or strand can successfully engage in the SPM process to improve productivity and encourage innovation, even if the larger organization is not ready to take on SPM.