Distinguishing Aspects of Sustainability

Research output: Working paper


In education, many interventions have been implemented, but its sustainability has not been much researched thus far. In this exploratory study, the authors aim to find a way to measure the sustainability of a data use intervention three to eight years after its initial implementation. Sustainability in this study was defined as ‘the process of integrating and scaling the intervention’s core components in organizational routines that are adaptive to ongoing work’. A distinction was made between sustainability of the method and sustainability of the underlying goal of the data use intervention. Sustainability of this intervention is not simple and the answer to the question as to whether an intervention has been sustained is not a simple yes or no. Sustainability is nuanced and can come in different forms. The process from, and transfer of the intervention from the individual to the institutional level realizing organizational routines differs from school to school and proves to be challenging.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2020


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