The Sustainability of Effective Educational Initiatives (SEEI) research project is funded by the Australian Research Council. SEEI researchers and partners from schools and other educational organisations are investigating the factors that enable effective educational initiatives to sustain over the long term.
What makes educational initiatives sustainable?
Many good quality educational initiatives are implemented well with fidelity to program goals, and evaluated to have positive benefits. Despite this, there are concerning reports, nationally and internationally, about poor program sustainability once the start-up phases for such initiatives have passed.
The aim of this project is to understand more about how effective educational initiatives can be sustained over longer terms. The research team has collected practical evidence from educational curriculum designers, school and early childhood education and care (ECEC) leaders, and school, ECEC, health, and community educators. This information has been synthesised with peer reviewed research reports to build knowledge about impoved practices and processes for embedding long-term sustainability into the design, delivery, evaluation and maintenance of educational initiatives. We have operationalised our research into a survey, namely SITE: Sustaining Innovation Through Education, which is freely available for non-commercial use through this web site for schools and other organisations that wish to evaluate and reflect upon their site-improvement initiatives.