Orange text on this website indicates a link to specific lesson learned from successful programs which I have led or provided consultation to, and from other programs that I have learned about or designed. These lessons offer other strategies to improve service delivery. In most cases, this includes the specific practices that educators, clinicians, and other professionals use in working directly with students, patients, clients, and consumers. In a smaller number of cases, these practices may inform decisions leaders may make in the design of their own programs, or may guide advocates in identifying strategies or setting priorities. These complement other lessons that draw straight lines from research to your practice or that outline other lessons learned from successful programs.
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Launching a complex program in phases helps to maintain focus on specific goals, and to document progress for funders considering new investments.
Make your case for the investment required to launch a new program by reporting per-student costs separately for each phase of long-term planning and support
Service innovation grows from available expertise, funding, and core staff, and so established services expand at the expense of emerging needs.
Don't begin by investing a lot of money into a new building unless you are sure that your program will be effective and sustainable.