"What specific ACTIONS, if adopted and implemented, can overcome barriers (Co-Lab II) and approximate the ideal (Co-Lab I) leading to the Michigan Department of Education’s School for the Deaf ability to deliver an extraordinary educational experience that leads to successful career and college-ready student outcomes?"

Date: December 14-15, 2015    Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm      Location (change): Clinton County RESA

List of Actions

Actions with Clarification


Prioritization (voting)

Influence Map

As described on the home page, the influence map below was generated through a minimum of 75% consensus regarding influence relationships. To interpret the influence map, it may help to first imagine a string. This string represents effort and the connections represent leverage on the overall system. For instance, if you tied the string to Action 13 (top) it is likely the effort would only impact Action 13 and not have any impact on addressing the overall system. It does not mean that Action 13 is unimportant but rather has little to no systemic leverage. Conversely, if someone were to tie a string on the Cycle of 4, 9, & 6 and pull, all factors that are connected to it via an arrow would likely be impacted thus this cycle is high-leverage. A cycle means that the actions within the cycle are mutually influencial - Action 4 influences Action 6, 6 influence 4; 4 influences 43, 43 influence 4; 6 influence 43, 43 influences 6). Additionally, Action 60 is a root likely to have higher leverage on the overall system as is Action 77.  When determining where to make systemic impact, it makes sense to focus efforts on Actions that are at deeper levels.


MSD Actions Influence Map