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Journal Entry - Fourteen [posted Sunday, February 15, 2009]

I had excellent progress this week on my Action Research Project. Cycle One went better than expected. I met with all the members of my advisory panel on Monday, February 9th. Drs. Schneider, Quellmalz, Britton, Ringstaff and Loveland were able to hear about my action research project formally for the first time. I presented materials that included my force field analysis, the second draft of my literature review, and a timeline. I was receptive to their expert feedback. Each provided insightful suggestions to improve my approach to establishing my peer-to-peer support group. I can use direct quotes from these innovative leaders during this initial meeting as evidence to support by action plan. They thought that the timing for this type of peer support group couldn’t be better. WestEd is rolling out new software (MS Office Suite 2007), a new email system (Zimba), and a business intelligence and financial reporting tool (Cognos). From this first major action, I can reflect on the co-vision that helps build consensus from people that have pull in the company. The multiple-dimension environment can flourish with their approval and cooperation. Change can come through social networking. Executing and getting the results of the survey this cycle and make the appropriate changes need and willingness appreciative inquiry as to whether this is already in place. Questions with familiarity with Web2.0 tools and expertise as well as the need and desire to participate and if they would participate. Documentation is evidence (emailed dated… so and so said…) “Data points”—agendas and minutes of meeting, emails, quotes, and survey, etc. My next cycle will be to create questions for the survey that will go out to WestEd employees. I haven’t yet figured out just how many employees to distribute the survey too. It is important to get feedback about these questions from my advisory panel. Once revised, I will send out the survey using SurveyMonkey or Zoomerang.