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Major Improvement Strategies and Action Steps

After setting targets, planning teams will develop a plan of action. This step includes identifying major improvement strategies, interim measures, and implementation benchmarks. Planning teams will also identify the specific action steps required to carry out each major improvement strategy and should respond to and eliminate or correct the root causes of each of the district or school’s prioritized performance challenges.

The UIP Handbook Section IV: Action Plans describes Action Planning in further detail.

Strategy selection and development:  CDE recommends considering a number of factors when considering strategy selection that includes research and fit and has compiled a number of tools to help with this process.

  • Hexagon Tool
    The Hexagon Tool can be used as a planning tool to evaluate evidence-based programs and practices
  • Contextual Fit Evaluation Tool
    The Contextual Fit Evaluation Tool (C-FET) is designed to assess eight features of contextual fit essential for effective adoption and sustained implementation of interventions and practices.
  • Strategy Guides:  CDE has created a number of strategy guides to help schools and districts better understand what research says about strategies that are commonly used in the UIP.  These guides can be used for strategy selection or to determine areas of focus and action plans.  More will be added as they are created.

Overview Documents:


American Institutes for Research (2014).  Investing in What Works Issue Brief: The Role of Contextual Fit When Implementing Evidence-Based Interventions. Retrieved January 3rd, 2019.

What Rural Districts are Doing: Center on Innovation & Improvement (n.d.). Retrieved November 18, 2011.

Performance Cases: Center on Innovation & Improvement (2009). Breaking the Habit of Low Performance: Successful school restructuring stories. Retrieved November 18, 2011.

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