Chronicling Innovations in School Transportation
The Innovations Committee was established by the 14th National Congress on School Transportation. The Innovations Committee's will not write any sections of the innovations material; instead, the Committee's intent is to provide an initial reference for innovations in the school transportation industry. The Committee will collect innovations for inclusion, chronicle their progress, provide assistance to those proposing innovations, be a resource to individual writing committees considering adopting innovations into specifications and procedures and where appropriate, will make recommendations to those writing committees regarding any innovations studied.
This section will outline the procedure for identifying innovations, referring them to the Innovations Committee, chronicling and record-keeping of those innovations.
Innovation: "Any practice, procedure, process or product that is not recorded in the National School Transportation Specifications and Procedures document, a national best practice or a routine industry practice." Only those innovations that have application for use on a broader scale than a single school or school system should be considered under this definition.
IDENTIFICATION OF INNOVATIONS
Any individual associated with the school transpiration industry is eligible to summit an innovation. Anyone who feels that he/she has a new or innovative way to accomplish any part of the student transportation, mission or a new product application should send that innovation to the innovation web site at NAPT.ORG
Submitted innovations will be collected by the Committee and shared with its members for assessment and evaluation for inclusion as a current innovation on the web site.
REFERRING THE INNOVATION
To enable the Committee to understand the innovation, the who, what, how and why must be clearly stated. The NCST Innovations in School Transportation Submission Form (included in this section) is to be used for submission. Brevity and clarity of the submission is important. The Committee will routinely adapt and improve this process, and post revised procedures on the web site, as experience and lessons learned dictate.
A. Who is both recommending the innovation and who is providing it. This must provide complete contact information, to include web sites where appropriate, and a description of the role in the industry each person holds. Without this information, the innovation will not be considered.
B. What is being recommended or provided? If it is an innovative process, practice or procedure, ensure that the description is understandable to the layperson. The environment in which the submitter works in school transportation may not be the same environment others work in. What problem does the innovation solve or what improvement does it provide?
C. How does the innovation work? How is it going to help school transportation? How would it be implemented?
D. Why should the Committee adopt this innovation? Why is it worthy of consideration? Why is it being recommended? The information submitted should include cost benefit information and any other data supportive of the innovation.
CHRONICLING THE INNOVATION
Once the Committee reviews the innovation, it may request additional data and information to support the benefit or value of the recommendation. The Committee will then succinctly record its reported results on the web site. On each innovation, the Committee will establish broad milestones for required updates to keep the innovation active. Continued chronicling will keep the innovation active. Any innovation approved for inclusion in the Committee's record of innovations will remain there for at least one year. If there is no activity after one year, the "innovation" will be considered for removal from the active records, following communications with the submitter. At any time after one year, the innovation can be considered for removal from active records based upon the success and or value of the chronicled information. The individual recommending the innovation is responsible to ensure chronicling occurs. The Committee is responsible for posting the innovations but has no responsibility to ensure that innovations are submitted.
The Committee will keep a record of all innovations submitted that were considered. If an innovation is submitted but not clear or understood, it will be returned to the submitter. Any submission submitted will either be archived, will be in process, or will be in the active record.
The active record will be a reference to all innovations the Committee has currently included on the website. The record is intended to be a source of ideas for the consideration of all members of the school transportation industry. It is not a recommendation of any process, procedure or product, but rather a record of those that have been recommended of any process, procedure, or product, but rather a record of those that have been recommended and are being evaluated. The active record will have the appropriate contact information for any interested person to get more information both on the innovation and from the individual(s) who submitted innovations for consideration.
If at some point the Committee believes the innovation has matured to the point that it merits inclusion in the Specifics and Procedures, it will make that recommendation to the appropriate writing committee. Also, any writing committee member may solicit the input of the Innovations Committee for any new innovations a specific committee may consider adding to its document.