Continuous Improvement for Departments

  • Alignment

    Aligned with the District's Strategic Plan,the Department Improvement Plan (DIP) is a document that contains a department's plan of action for the current year. The DIP plan aligns the goals, actions, and refinements a department needs to make to improve effectiveness and efficiency. Departments will identify the areas of focus, action steps and goals for collaborative achievement, in addition to aligning fiscal resources to support initiatives.  Department leadership regularly communicates progress toward goal attainment to all employees throughout the department.  The initial Individual Professional Plan (IPP) aligns the goals, actions, and refinements each individual needs to make to support department improved effectiveness and efficiency.

    Staying Focused

    Action Leads to Results: To ensure the success of  Department Improvement Plans and long-term, system-wide improvement, we began our work by studying the successes and struggles of the past using trend data.  We examined the data and input provided by stakeholders to determine how we could best meet department improvement goals. Our actions impact achievement when we focus our attention first on those things that strengthen our foundation and directly improve the system. The results from internal and external audits (i.e., department reviews, surveys), and AdvancED recommendations are considered when determining priorities.We analyze each key strategic objective to determine those that are most fundamental to success, as we focus on embedding continuous improvement principles utilizing the Baldrige framework. DVUSD supports and nurtures a culture of continuous improvement.

    SMART Goals: A SMART goal is Specific, Measurable, Aligned, Relevant and Timely. It includes a focused key performance (outcome) measure, the process to which the measure applies, the most recent data available, the target percentage or number, who is ultimately responsible for ensuring the goal is met and has a defined time frame. SMART goals are data-driven, realistic, and limited in number to provide focus for goal attainment.  

     Professional Development aligns with the Strategic Plan:

    • All staff members participate in rigorous, continuous professional learning that is aligned with the system’s purpose and direction 
    • The professional learning builds capacity among all support staff
    • The professional learning is systematically evaluated for effectiveness in improving knowledge and skills
    • Each professional learning opportunity will indicate who is required to participate, the facilitator, the frequency, and ultimate responsibility for scheduling 
    • Action steps will be identified to address absent staff members