Professional Development

Continuous Learning and Improvement

Unlocking the Potential of Cross-Sector Collaboration


Continuous Learning and Improvement (CLI) is an approach to improvement that uses data to detect problems, set goals, and perform small tests of change in order to identify efficient and impactful solutions to the barriers that vulnerable students and families face to thrive.

ImpactTulsa supports school districts and local partners by providing dedicated CLI trainings and workshops that help teams reach a better understanding of why various societal problems (such as chronic absenteeism or low Pre-k enrollment) happen, and what we can do to overcome them.

Whereas standard program evaluation usually focuses on outcomes, CLI centers on the processes that lead to the outcomes. Often managed by an improvement team, CLI relies heavily on root cause analysis: instead of making assumptions about why something happens, practitioners are encouraged to gather data from a variety of sources (eg: community members, grant reports, stakeholder interviews) and use it strategically to overcome the problem at hand.

Focus Areas

Root Cause Analysis
Solution Testing
Improved Outcomes

Continuous Learning and Improvement in Action

Continuous Learning and Improvement in Action

Partnerships with school districts

DECREASING CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM in schools by engaging families, teachers, and school staff.

INCREASING AWARENESS of Pre-K enrollment and early learning importance through personalized campaigns and events.

Collaborative Action Networks

SUPPORTING UNDOCUMENTED AND IMMIGRANT FAMILIES by providing dedicated organizations with WIC resources.

UNDERSTANDING THE NUTRITIONAL BARRIERS teenagers face during pregnancy in high school.

What I appreciate most about CLI is that it has provided me with tools and structures to take risks and try innovations at a micro-level. Rather than focusing solely on long-term outcomes, CLI allows for deeper consideration of our practices, which allows me to adapt more fluidly to changing conditions and new information.”

Director of Education Partnerships, Growing Together

Available Trainings

CLI 101

This 90-minute workshop is designed for team members across all levels who are interested in understanding the fundamentals of continuous learning & improvement. Participants can expect to leave the workshop with the ability to:

  • Understand the value CLI can bring to an organization and to a community.
  • Identify key components of the CLI cycle.
  • Learn the basic data tools and processes needed for continuous learning & improvement.

CLI 201

Completion of CLI 101 is required prior to participating in CLI 201. This 3.5-hour workshop helps move participants from understanding the CLI process to knowing how to use relevant tools to properly integrate CLI into their organization. Participants can expect to leave the workshop with the ability to:

  • Understand key tools that support each step of the CLI cycle.
  • Know how to adapt the process to real problems your organization is facing.
  • Become familiar with how data is used to identify and refine a problem, as well as to test and assess interventions.