Fall 2023 Academic Return on Investment (A-ROI) Institute  

Learn How to Critically Analyze the Impact and Cost of Your Programs for Students and Budget Strategically

September 26, 2023 - January 9, 2024



With a fiscal cliff and economic downturn looming in 2024, school districts must ensure their resources are deployed effectively to maximize student outcomes and achieve the district’s strategic priorities.

DMGroup’s Academic Return on Investment (A-ROI) Institute is an in-depth professional development program that builds  your district team’s capacity to analyze and assess programs and initiatives to determine what works best for which students and at what cost.

This hands-on approach will equip you with knowledge and skills to successfully and sustainability evaluate future district programming.

Your team will learn a methodology that will provide answers to the following questions:

• Which programs are achieving the intended outcomes?
• Which students are benefiting most from a given program?
• How cost-effective is each program?

"A-ROI is now built into the way we have our budget conversations with our leadership team, our bargaining units, and our Board of Education."

 - Dr. Mike Patton, Superintendent, Saratoga Springs City School District (NY)



Superintendent Jarrett from Rockford Public School District 205 (IL) talks about the positive impact of Strategic Budgeting and A-ROI initiatives his district implemented in partnership with DMGroup.



What is A-ROI?
DMGroup has developed an approach called Academic Return on Investment (A-ROI) to measure the benefits (determined by student outcomes per student segment) and fully-loaded costs of individual programs.

Based on this data, the district can assess and compare programs and consider which to expand, maintain, target to specific segments of the student population, or sunset.



Learn the A-ROI Methodology
 In this program, you will gain the skills to:
☑️ Conduct a team-based assessment of a district initiative to determine what works best for which students and at what cost
☑️ Integrate deeper analysis of data to improve resource allocation decisions

Refine your budget to meet the needs of all students equitably
☑️ Build capacity to successfully and sustainability evaluate future district programming.

How the Program Works
  • Participation by district teams: Each district can enroll a team of up to eight participants to work collaboratively to improve the use of district resources.

  • Four-month training in multi-mode approach: Over four months, participants will learn DMGroup's 10-step A-ROI analysis process through remote group meetings, webinars, and self-use tools.

  • Learn by doing: A-ROI assessments are conducted by district teams with the support of our coaches to gain actionable insights into their own district's key programs or initiatives.

  • Peer network: At the Institute, participants have an opportunity to meet peers from other districts and provide each other energy and support as they learn together and collaborate.

Who Should Enroll?

This program is intended for district finance and academic leadership, and anyone focused on ensuring resources are utilized for maximum impact.





$17,000 per team or $14,500 per team in districts that are DMCouncil members. A discount of 10% is applied to teams from districts with three or more participating teams. District-wide packages available upon request.

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About District Management Group

District Management Group was founded in 2004 on the belief that management techniques combined with education best practices are key to addressing the challenge facing American public schools. We partner with school and district leaders across the country and provide them with the best management and educational practices, tools, and techniques to produce measurable, sustainable improvements that help schools and students thrive.