|The Continuous Improvement effort is developing a prototype process for improving how state and federal agency systems that fund, regulate, or organize ecosystem recovery might improve services to local actors working on ecosystem recovery. It is inspired by Gemba Kaizen theory, initially developed within the Toyota Production System, where improvement opportunities are identified by the people who do the work on the "factory floor" and rapid improvement efforts are enabled through standard practices, and encouraged by leadership. We work with the resources we have, because self improvement in an intrinsic part of good government. The current iteration has received support from the Puget Sound Partnership's Ecosystem Coordination Board and is being guided by Lead Entities, Local Integrating Organizations and Ecosystem Recovery coordinators.
Continuous improvement emerged from inter-agency coordination work initiated during Coordinated Investment meetings. A "funding system first" strategy has led to close coordination with the Align - Washington Ecosystem Grant Coordination Workgroup, and the Floodplains by Design efforts to integrate natural resource management and Flood Hazard Management in Floodplains.
The Improvement Network
Ongoing Improvement Projects
The following materials summarize the resources and ideas used to develop the project to date: