Comprehensive Needs Analysis

  • Organizational Health
    • Governance and Leadership Structure
    • Student Needs and Engagement
    • Workforce Needs and Engagement
    • Community Needs and Engagement
  • Data Analysis
    • Performance Data Analysis
      • Local Data/Dashboards
      • State/MSIP/APR-related data
    • Perceptual
      • Observations
      • Surveys
      • Interviews and Focus Groups
  • Instructional Practices Analysis
  • Curriculum and Assessment Analysis
  • Program and Process Review
    • Program evaluation and self-analysis
    • Program-specific Voice of the Customer and Workforce Surveys
  • Implementation Capacity Evaluation

Strategic/Improvement Planning

  • Planning Process Guidance
  • Getting the Right Measures
  • Continuous Monitoring Designs


The Missouri Network for Educational Improvement (MNEI) is a joint initiative of the MU College of Education, Missouri School Boards Association (MSBA), Missouri State Teachers Association (MSTA) and Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA). The network is designed to help districts strategically and intentionally coordinate continuous improvement efforts using knowledge management techniques developed by the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP). MNEI also works cooperatively with the Midwest Excellence Institute – the state quality award program that is based on the Baldrige criteria.

Networked Improvement Communities (NIC)

Douglas Engelbart (1994) introduced the term “networked improvement community” (NIC) to refer to groups engaged in collective pursuits to improve the capability of a system. Put another way, by working together, a NIC accelerates collective improvement. Engelbart theorized that systems of technologies might be combined with human capabilities and organizational structures to enable more productive collective action.

Networked improvement communities provide a deliberate organizational structure for facilitating and accumulating learning across all three levels. Engelbart argued that when social systems are structured in this fashion, they learn how to learn faster.

For five years, the Hook Center has been building regional and statewide capacity for continuous quality and performance improvement in schools. Combining the strengths of several Improvement models developed in the business and healthcare sectors, and promoting the schools-informed improvement model of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the Hook Center has annually convened Missouri districts for learning about continuous school improvement directly from these sources, exemplified by successful implementations from the field, shared with Missouri educators by Missouri educators.

Through this process of sharing, teaching, and implementing, the Hook Center has cultivated an informal network, addressing a single challenge, or solving a common problem.

We are ready to meet our partner district needs by establishing and maintaining Networked Improvement Communities comprised of Missouri schools and school districts focused on addressing specific problems of school performance.

The specific focus of this initial NIC will be determined in part by the project funder from a limited number of topics identified by the Hook Center’s needs analysis surveys of Missouri districts. Preliminary topic candidates include but are not be limited to: College and Career Readiness, Assessment for Teaching, High Impact Middle School Math Instruction, etc.