In a nutshell this means asking two essential questions: What is it you think you know? How do you know it?
I like evidence based management and I like these questions.
They get to the heart of the matter. They question assumptions.
Frinstance - I am an advisor for Arabic (as well as being the Lead Advisor) in my school and I know that, compared to other boys in Al Ain, our boys struggle with reading and are excellent at writing. I can prove it by comparing exam results. Evidence. Powerful stuff.
It means we can put some things in place to improve the boys' reading. And when I say 'we' I mean the Arabic teachers who are uniformly terrific.
I am reading a really interesting book at the moment, Evidence-Based Reward Management by three UK business writers.
The following statement of purpose jumped out at me:
[Reward management] is also about helping to create a climate of trust between management and employees in which the former recognize that they must apply the principles of both distributive and procedural justice and the latter believe that the management will act fairly in 'delivering the deal' as evidenced by what they do and how they do it.As I gear up for having an incentive scheme done to me, I thought this was quite pertinent.
It's an excellent book - all that and I'm only up to page 14!