Improvement science is a systematic approach to testing high-impact practices in education. The First2 Network uses improvement science to test high-impact practices — “change ideas” — that improve retention of first-generation and other under-represented college students in STEM fields. First2 has developed a theory of change that identifies four primary drivers of success for these students. Institutional teams within the First2 Network plan, conduct, study and act on change ideas using a Plan Do Study Act (PDSA) cycle, then share their findings throughout the Network.
Below find a series of PDSA resources and processes all First2 Campus Institutional Teams should follow. If we all work together we can accelerate progress on all of our campuses!
HOW TO VIDEOS
Overview of each part of a PDSA. These are short, instructive and to the point!
1.1 Plan Overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXQtmT9fqnY
1.2 Do Overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95N8O2SyiIw
1.3 Study Overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaCS056LMiw
1.4 Act Overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukm30TYZ06I