Stephanie Sutherland, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

Honorable mention, Student Essay Award, 2001

Title: Developing an Evaluation Habit of Mind: The Experience of the Manitoba School Improvement Program

They attend the University of Toronto, in the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, under the supervision of Dr. Lorna Earl.

Summary: In this paper, we use the psychological lens of motivation to argue that mandated evaluation requirements can serve as the impetus for accountability to become synonymous with organizational improvement. We offer evidence of how the processes and practices surrounding the use of data for wise decision making find intrinsically derived sustainability and become consolidated in an "evaluation habit of mind". Though exploratory in intent and not designed to be definitive, illustrations are provided from Canada's Manitoba School Improvement Program (MSIP) - an initiative designed to improve the learning experiences and outcomes of secondary schools through capacity building.