Academic Return on Investment (A-ROI) Institute 
Align Your Budget with What Works Best for Students

March 7 - June 12, 2023



DMGroup’s Academic Return on Investment (A-ROI) Institute is an in-depth training program that builds your district team’s capacity to critically analyze the budget and impact of your programs.

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 are each of the programs?

"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 Schools District (NY)

Learn how three member districts integrated data into resource allocation decisions to address their unique challenges and ensure the greatest possible impact from their district budgets.


What is A-ROI?
In the absence of data, a combination of professional judgement, historical practices, and stakeholder interest often end up determining program offerings. To ensure that resources are being used most effectively for students, DMGroup has developed an approach called Academic Return on Investment (A-ROI) to measure the benefits (student outcomes by student segments) 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.



What You Will Learn 
At DMGroup’s A-ROI Institute, your district team will learn the A-ROI (Academic Return on Investment) methodology to ensure that resources are deployed most effectively for students.
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 it Works
  • Participation by district teams: Districts participate as a team of up to eight participants per district. This district team then has a common language and set of tools to take back to the district and can work together to improve the use of district resources.

  • Training spanning approximately four months: Participants will learn DMGroup’s 10-step process for A-ROI analysis over a period of four months in a multi-mode approach that includes remote group meetings, webinars, and self-use tools.

  • Learn by doing: With the support of the DMGroup coaches, district teams work together to conduct an A-ROI assessment on a key program or initiative from their respective districts and gain actionable insights.

  • 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?

Each participating district is welcome to send a team of up to eight individuals. Regardless of the size of the team, each district should include both finance and academic leadership and must have cabinet-level representation.





$17,000 per school or $14,500 for schools in districts that are DMCouncil members. A discount of 10% is applied to schools from districts with three or more participating schools. 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.