Kansas Technical Assistance System Network (TASN)
provides technical assistance to support school districts’ systematic implementation of evidence-based practices.

Root Cause Analysis Resources

We often quickly jump to the treatment of systems of an issue in our schools, forgetting to consider there's a deeper problem that needs attention.  By only attending to the symptoms - what we see on the surface - the problem will almost certainly return, which will need fixing over, and over again.  Thus, the importance of engaging in a root cause analysis - digging deep to find the underlying causes of a problem and identifying resources and supports needed to reduce the likelihood that the problem will occur again.  Root cause analysis is a collaborative process that all educators can use to solve adaptive challenges they face in their school building.  Below is the process and resources that the Kansas Learning Network has utilized with districts and buildings.  

 

Root Cause Analysis Presentation & Facilitator's Guide

Root Cause Analysis PPT

Facilitator's Guide

Supporting Documents

Tasks & Communication

Root Cause Analysis Brief

KLN Graphic for School Improvement

Appointed Advocate Resource

The Collaborative Learning Cycle

The Causal Categories

Fishbone Diagram

5 Whys Graphic Organizer

 

Additional Resources & Tools

Utilizing Integrated Resources to Implement the School and District Improvement Cycle and Supports: Guidance for Schools, Districts, and State Education Agencies (COUNCIL OF CHIEF STATE SCHOOL OFFICERS)

Tools & Publications (THE CENTER ON SCHOOL TURNAROUND)

Addressing Success Gaps Toolkit (IDEA DATA CENTER)

Using Indistar

Root Cause Analysis Using 5 Whys (NATIONAL IMPLEMENTATION RESEARCH NETWORK)

5-Step Root Cause Analysis (MINDTOOLS)

Compilation of Resources (MODEL SCHOOLS CONFERENCE)