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  • July 7, 2015

    Expanding the Conversation About Learning to Improve

    Since 2008, Carnegie has been working to find a better way of learning how to improve. We have learned a great deal by doing, including that getting better at getting better is a continuous improvement…

  • June 11, 2015

    Measures to Support Improving Student Learning Mindsets

    A recent publication cautions against using existing measures around students' personal qualities because they were primarily designed for research. Rather, new measures, including practical measures, must be developed to provide insight into this aspect of…

  • May 18, 2015

    The Problem with Solutions

    Improvement science relies on an understanding of the problem before creating solutions. Groups have found three key things helped them gain clarity on the problems and make the knowledge explicit, helping them design solutions with…

  • May 11, 2015

    Marshall Ganz on the Power of Social Movements

    Senior lecturer Marshall Ganz closing keynote at the 2016 Carnegie Summit on Improvement in Education focused on a framework for social action. Drawing on his own experience in social movements, Ganz talked of combining the…

  • May 10, 2015

    Avoiding the Trap of the “Iron Law”

    A recent post in the Health Affairs Blog discusses the challenges of scaling interventions, a problem known as the “Iron Law” of evaluation. The piece outlines four reasons why the “Iron Law” occurs and how…

  • April 17, 2015

    Learning from Healthcare’s Use of Improvement Science

    Don Berwick, founder of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), gave an inspiring keynote at the Summit on Improvement in Education focusing on shifting from inspection-oriented improvement to change-oriented improvement to reach our goals.