In support of Outcome 2 — children enter school ready — Aspire created the Kindergarten Readiness Network.
Aspire seeks to drive data-driven decision making to enable better outcomes. This requires the collection, analysis and synthesis of data and experience. It allows us to move away from subjective decision making — what we think we know — to objective decision making — what the data tells us. The Kindergarten Readiness Network is tasked with helping Aspire gather and analyze data from the community as it applies to preschool age children and their start in school.
Aspire is using Lean Six Sigma (LSS) methodology to guide us through the steps required to get to data-driven decision making. LSS includes continuous improvement techniques and tools for process development and reduction of duplication or wasted time and resources.
LSS is based on a five-step improvement process commonly referred to as DMAIC:
(D) Define – define the opportunity
(M) Measure – baseline the process
(A) Analyze – identify root causes
(I) Improve – test improvements (Pilot)
(C) Control – maintain the gains