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When Dr. Chris Brown recently set out to make a new strategic plan, he wanted to include the whole community in the process. He used Thoughtexchange to create an online discussion that essentially asked all constituents “How are we doing?”.

He says participation in the exchange eclipsed his team’s traditional engagement methods by a significant margin.

“Prior to Thoughtexchange, during our strategic planning process, we reached out with letters or phone calls or emails,” Dr. Brown explains. “We were reaching maybe 60 people out of a possible 40,000. With Thoughtexchange, we’re reaching 4,000 to 5,000 people, which is giving us a much broader brush when it comes to figuring out what our community really wants in their children’s education.”

Dr. Brown adds that Thoughtexchange data let his team make progress on their plan faster than ever before.

“People’s comments are being filtered down into major themes that we can break into strategic planning items,” he shares. “Being able to do that in a much shorter time frame than a normal strategic planning process is going to allow us to think about getting into some initiatives now, that maybe we were initially thinking about for two or three years from now.

“It’s exciting because, when you think about how education is evolving so rapidly, Thoughtexchange is really helping us keep up with that process.”

With Thoughtexchange, we’re reaching 4,000 to 5,000 people, which is giving us a much broader brush when it comes to figuring out what our community really wants in their children’s education.Dr. Chris Brown, Superintendent

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