The first step in every journey is to find out “where are we?” In order to do that, we first need good measurement. What are the key metrics? How can we insure that we are working with quality data? If we don’t start with good data, we won’t get good information in order to make good decisions.
We don’t use a survey process. Instead, we collect audited financial data, along with key operational data, and apply the same rigor to each district’s information so that we can reach unbiased conclusions and make the best apples to apples comparison.
Rather than only consider the “inputs”; labor, materials, etc., this program focuses on the results you are trying to achieve. What does it cost to maintain the temperature in your facility per square foot? What does it take to keep it clean? How about the cost to maintain the buildings or keep the grounds looking sharp and representative of the pride you take in how your school facility looks? And, once you know all that, how do you draw credible comparisons with other leading districts?
Having a third party use common methodology to make these comparisons is key to building credible measures. Measures of this type can be shared readily with key constituents in your district.
Each year, we collect data from progressive districts - of all sizes. By normalizing the data (putting it on the same basis that is not dependent on district size) we can all learn from each other. Then, we can have excellent discussion at our User Group meetings (The Excellence Network). In these discussions we can identify what makes the difference and lay out a banquet table that allows each district to choose solutions they can implement in their environment.
A suggested approach from a Consultant is interesting. But a suggested approach from a school leader that has already implemented the change, and seen measurable improvement, is much more worthy of consideration.
Come join the team for the annual benchmarking study for your school’s operations.