description by Sola Takahashi
"As the Carnegie Foundation explores new tools and processes for Research & Development leading to real improvement in education, the 90-Day Cycle has emerged as an invaluable method for rapidly developing innovative approaches to support practice improvement. The timeframe of 90 days—dramatically shorter than most traditional scholarly research pursuits—allows this method to be agile in responding to a variety of pressing needs that emerge on the front lines of improvement work in our schools and colleges. Generally, 90-Day Cycles are a disciplined and structured form of inquiry designed to produce and test knowledge syntheses or prototyped processes or products in support of improvement work.
"The 90-Day Cycle Handbook, now available for download on The Carnegie Foundation website, serves as a comprehensive guide to the purpose and methods of this disciplined and structured form of inquiry. This handbook is an introductory document that delineates the purpose and process for this method. It is sprinkled with helpful tips and illustrative examples from previous successful cycles.
"90-Day Cycles are intended to support improvement efforts by contributing to the re-conceptualization of problems and the conditions that create them; prototyping possible processes, tools, or specific practices to address these problems; and testing them to gauge their potential efficacy. They serve as a device to advance ongoing improvement work and to build the organization’s capacity and knowledge going forward."