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Self improvement is an intrinsic part of good government. The Continuous Improvement Project is developing a prototype process for improving how state and federal agency systems that fund, regulate, or organize ecosystem recovery to better serve local practitioners.

Project Initiation

This project is inspired by Gemba Kaizen theory, where improvement opportunities are identified by the people who do the work and enabled through standard practices. The project emerged from Coordinated Investment meetings and is being developed in close coordination with the Align - Washington Ecosystem Grant Coordination Workgroup and Floodplains by Design programs. It continues with support from the Puget Sound Partnership's Ecosystem Coordination Board.

Improvement Network

Implementing an efficient continuous improvement process requires ongoing collaboration among five parties:

  1. The Coordination Community of Salmon Recovery Lead Entities, Local Integrating Organizations and Ecosystem Recovery Coordinators work with local practitioners and agency programs to identify improvement opportunities as claims.
  2. Agency Programs collaborate with local practitioners to evaluate and facilitate improvement strategies.
  3. Agency Leadership acknowledges that areas for improvement in processes they own justify agency effort for change.
  4. Funders cooperatively create the capacity for improvement, where proposed changes exceed the capabilities of any one party or local practitioners.
  5. A Community Forum such as the Ecosystem Coordination Board or Salmon Recovery Council sustains our communities attention to efficiently complete this work on critical areas of ecosystem recovery.

Prototype Process

The process currently is envisioned to include these roles, steps and tools within the improvement network.

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Ongoing Improvement Projects

Supporting Materials

The following materials summarize the resources and ideas used to develop the project to date: