SISEP eNotes: February 5, 2016

Date Published: 2016-02-05



SISEP eNotes

Notes, News and Discussion from the
State Implementation & Scaling-up of Evidence-Based Practices Project

February, 2016

The Hexagon Discussion and Analysis Tool

The Hexagon Discussion and Analysis Tool helps states, districts, and schools systematically evaluate new and existing interventions via six broad factors. The tool guides a deeper discussion of each of these factors.

Are you a fan of the Hexagon Tool?  We are too!  We know that many of you have made the Hexagon Tool a trusted part of your implementation process.  To support the use of that tool, SISEP has introduced the Hexagon Discussion and Analyis Tool.  The Hexagon Discussion and Analyis Tool provides additional questions to guide the discussion of each of the six broad factors of the innovation under consideration:

  • Need: Consider what your current data suggest is the most critical or pivotal need, and whether the practice fits your current social and political context
  • Resource Availability: Take into account the program’s costs - including time, funding, and materials, as well as training, coaching, and data infrastructure requirements.
  • Evidence: Consider the supporting research or evidence of the program or practice you are reviewing, including effect size, similarity to your population or community, outcomes achieved, and sustainability of those outcomes.
  • Readiness for Replication: Look at the degree to which the program is “education ready,” including whether critical components are well-defined, how well it has been operationalized, the number of times it has been replicated, and the availability of technical assistance and coaching.
  • Capacity to Implement: Consider how to develop collaboration and co-ownership of the work among the staff and community, as well as what will be needed to prepare for the implementation of the new practice of process.

SISEP’s Hexagon Tool and Hexagon Discussion and Analyis Tool can help guide your team’s review and selection of an innovation using these and other questions.

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A vital step in effective implementation is selecting a practice or program that meets the needs of your school, district or state.

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The Hexagon and the Hexagon Discussion and Analyis Tool are Exploration Stage activities used to identify and develop a Usable Intervention.  Learn more about Usable Interventions on the Active Implementation Hub.


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