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How to Use the EP3 Guide

The EP3 Guide is designed to support departments to engage in intentional reflection and action to effectively serve their communities and implement change.

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Before taking action, identify relevant Guide content:

  • To help understand the current state of your department and why you might be facing a particular challenge, discuss the first question in the Cycle of Reflection and Action.
  • Familiarize your team with a big picture of what’s in the EP3 Guide by spending a few minutes perusing the Guide Overview.
  • Many challenges departments face are interconnected.  Explore some of the “I want to…” choices offered on the What is Your Goal? to gain insight on how solutions to your challenges could include approaches from a variety of perspectives .

While reading or using Guide sections, keep in mind:

  • Creating change and tackling tough challenges is not the work of a single individual. We suggest discussing Guide sections as a department (or appropriate subgroup); seed your discussions using the additional guiding questions found in the Cycle of Reflection and Action.
  • It is important to gather and analyze information about your current situation so that you can be confident that the actions you take are likely to yield the hoped for outcomes. Study programmatic assessments in each section to help your department evaluate data needed to better understand factors underlying your situation, and to track progress on how strategies are working.
  • The Guide is a conversation starter, not a task list. It is up to your department to assess which themes and practices in a section are relevant to your particular challenges and context.