ARCHES employs the use of data to inform the design of its individualized technical assistance and develop the capacity of its collaborative partners. ARCHES supports collaboratives in its evaluation efforts by providing project management, facilitation, and coaching support.
- Just-in-time Services: ARCHES coordinates and documents the implementation of its Just-in-time service model and the model’s impact on the development of a regional collaborative.
- Program Facilitation: ARCHES guides stakeholders to critically reflect upon their operational capacity and development as a regional collaborative. Communication, learning and capacity development are supported through the review and critical dialog of the data compiled from ARCHES Education Collaborative Assessment Rubric (Ed-CAR).
- Coaching: ARCHES supports efforts to use evaluation findings that emerge from ARCHES self-assessment tool and Just-in-time services. The aim is to help collaboratives attain priorities that strengthen capacity and to develop, implement, adopt, and sustain a network of regional programs and initiatives.
ARCHES Education Collaborative Assessment Rubric (Ed-CAR)
Following an extensive literature review, ARCHES identified key characteristics of highly effective collaboratives and designed an evaluation tool to assist ARCHES education collaboratives in assessing the overall health of their collaborative. The Education Collaborative Assessment Rubric (EdCAR) measures effective collaboration by assessing the degree to which each collaborative is implementing and aligned to the following nine indicators:
- Local Context
- Common Agenda
- Oversight Structure
- Mutually Reinforcing Initiatives
- Shared Measurement System
- Evaluation Design
- Continuous Communication System
- Professional Development
- Student Outcomes.
The EdCAR allows collaboratives to rate their progress on a scale to identify their status on the developmental continuum for each particular indicator. The EdCAR tool is meant to be used by leaders, as well as in conjunction with collaborative members, to build mutual knowledge and accountability, guide leaders’ decision-making regarding allocation of resources, activities, and progress towards becoming a highly effective collaborative.
To learn more about the EdCaR tool and how it can be used to assess the health of your regional collaborative or special initiative, please contact us.