Technical assistance for Investing in Innovation (i3)

The Challenge 

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) wants to increase the likelihood that Investing in Innovation (i3) grantees will be able to carry out their projects successfully and to increase the ability of the education community to sustain and disseminate the type of evidence-based strategies supported by the i3 program.

Our Solutions 

  • Westat did the following:
    • Developed a needs assessment framework and assessed grantee needs and strengths
    • Assessed grantee and program-wide technical assistance (TA) needs based on the needs assessment
    • Developed a comprehensive TA implementation plan
    • Delivered targeted individual and group project support TA to the i3 grantees
    • Supported cross-grantee collaboration and connection through robust and multidimensional Communities of Practice
    • Produced materials on topics of importance to the i3 program and the field
    • Created a public-facing web site to serve as a repository of information about the i3 projects and the overall program to increase transparency and to support dissemination and the sharing of research results
    • Created quality control measures and evaluated the results of all TA provided
    • Wrote and disseminated evaluations and reports on progress

The Results 

  • The i3 Technical Assistance Team worked collaboratively with grantees and ED to offer relevant, timely support services designed to meet both individual and collective grantee needs to assist in supporting project implementation, dissemination, and sustainability.
  • Formats for the assistance include
    • Support from individual TA liaisons for each i3 grantee and for grantee communities
    • Access to a network of national experts
    • Facilitation of cross-grantee collaboration and connection
    • Regular community- and program-wide events and meetings on selected topics
    • Products highlighting tools, lessons learned, and grantee successes
    • Creation and support of robust Communities of Practice and a public-facing web site focused on dissemination and the sharing of research results

Our Client 

U.S. Department of Education (ED)