About the course
Education decision-makers often have to make important choices with incomplete information, immovable deadlines, and limited resources. We know we are expected to use evidence to inform our decisions, but competing needs and pressures from different stakeholders make it difficult to reconcile various goals and preferences. How can we as leaders make sound decisions about our schools and ensure buy-in from stakeholders?
In this five-week course, education leaders at the school, district, and state level will learn how to apply a cost-utility framework to decision-making. Through a combination of online sessions and one-on-one coaching, leaders will have the opportunity to interact with like-minded professionals and build essential connections. Participants will learn how to use an online tool, DecisionMaker, to apply the decision-making framework to a real-life decision. For example, participants may use the framework to choose among several math curricula, pick a digital device, allocate resources among competing priorities, decide the best scale up/scale down scenario for an existing program, identify which literacy programs best meet ESSA evidence requirements, choose which school site will host a summer program, or decide where to invest professional development funds.
During the course, you will receive one-on-one professional coaching from experts at the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education to assist you in applying the framework to a decision of your choice.
Taking this class will help you to…
- Articulate needs at your education agency and structure decisions related to these needs.
- Apply a systematic, collaborative, and evidence-based framework based on cost-utility analysis to key programmatic or strategic decisions in your school, district or state context.
- Use the DecisionMaker tool proficiently to support the decision-making process.
- Collaborate with other education leaders about important, real-life decisions in your schools.
This course will be most impactful if you are prepared to tackle a current decision your institution needs to make. Better still, sign up with the team that needs to make the decision or stakeholders you want to involve. However, it is not necessary to register with a problem in mind - we can help you select an appropriate decision to work on, or provide examples for you to choose from.
Participants will walk away having completed the decision-making process for this decision problem and ready to apply the process to other decisions at their institutions.
This course has no required prerequisites, but Make Better Decisions Together makes an excellent companion course to Leading with Evidence in Schools. Participants who have completed or are currently enrolled in Leading with Evidence can apply their knowledge about turning data into evidence when using the cost-utility framework for decision-making.
Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.
We are happy to help you find a suitable online alternative.