Ohio Improvement Process (OIP)


The Ohio Improvement Process (OIP)

 An Organizational Strategy

 The OIP includes, but goes well beyond, the traditional plan-do-study-act (PDSA) cycle. When viewed as an organizational strategy, rather than an exercise in compliance, the OIP gives districts a template through which focused and intentional action can take place. It brings educators together through collaborative team structures to learn from each other, and it facilitates communication and decision-making between and across levels of the system (district, central office, school, grade levels, content areas, classrooms). The team structures at the core of the OIP form peer-to-peer networks, giving more people a voice and allowing for the inclusion of multiple perspectives in guiding each district’s journey toward organizational learning and continuous improvement.

 Step 1: Identify Critical Needs   
 Step 2: Research and Select Evidence- 
 Based Strategies




 Step 3: Plan for Implementation  Step 4: Implement and Monitor




 Step 5: Examine, Reflect, Adjust  Supporting Implementation




 (Click Graphics to Navigate to DEW for Information Specific to Each Step)

Are you new to the Ohio Improvement Process? Are you not feeling clear on how to begin? 
Here is a resource to get you started.
Have you been implementing the Ohio Improvement Process? Do you feel like your TBT's are stuck? Perhaps stuck in Step 3? 
Here is something to consider to help your TBTs in identifying their strategies to improve outcomes for all students!


  • Ohio Improvement Process
  • Supporting OIP Implementation - Supporting implementation consists of setting up the collaborative teams and processes districts and schools need to identify, research, plan, implement and monitor, and examine their improvement efforts.
  • 5 Steps to Being Empowered by Evidence - The Ohio Department of Education and Workforce's empowered by evidence tools can help you make strategy decisions that will save you time and resources and make an impact on your students.  Resources Supporting the Use of Evidence in Education
  • Ohio’s Evidence-Based Clearinghouse - Ohio’s Evidence-Based Clearinghouse is intended to empower Ohio’s districts with the knowledge, tools and resources that will help them identify, select and implement evidence-based strategies for improving student success. 
  • What Works Clearinghouse - The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) reviews the existing research on different programs, products, practices, and policies in education. Their goal is to provide educators with the information they need to make evidence-based decisions.
  • Defining Levels of Evidence - A brief overview of how ESSA differentiates between four levels of evidence-based strategies.
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