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Susan Steele is the Executive Director of the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation. Since 1993 she has helped support the development of a comprehensive early childhood system in CO.
As a funder, Susan has much to offer about the importance of data driven reflection of early childhood leaders, coaches and practitioners.
Susan talks about the importance of measuring and documenting progress and using this data to inform our decisions and actions to promote improvement in quality. She encourages us to ask, "How do we know whether what we are doing is making a difference?"
Susan advises us to educate funders of what are meaningful and authentic tools for measuring success and how to look at trends and progress over time as indicators beyond the one time, snap shot view some measurement tools offer.
She encourages us in the field to collect information, document our progress, successes and what didn't work and then use that information to inform our intentional practices and plans for improvement. Understanding, reflecting on and documenting our own effective practices and results will help us be able to share the subtlies of results and successes with funders, the business community and the public at large about the difference we are making.
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