While some states will be running pilots this fall for the purpose of validating new evaluation instruments, other pilots will be conducted for different purposes. Many responsibilities, relationships, and expectations across the overall system of evaluations are being reconfigured--working out the kinks of these systems changes is another purpose for piloting.
In cases like these, states might want to focus on usability testing. In usability testing, "Each iteration allows for adjustments in training, coaching, and performance assessments as well as the program/intervention itself."  The selected pre-reading, Pilot Testing and Usability Testing , provides a brief overview of the concept.
During Tuesday's webinar, we will discuss the various purposes and types of pilots. Representatives from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction will share information about some of their educator effectiveness pilots, their different purposes, and the processes they have used.
Join us from 2-3 pm EDT on July 10 for the webinar, and stay on from 3-3:30 pm EDT for an informal Q&A with the presenters.
 National Implementation Research Network (June 2011), Pilot Testing and Usability Testing, page 2, accessible at http://scee.groupsite.com/uploads/files/x/000/081/d5c/Pilot%20Testing%20and%20Usability%20Testing%20(2).pdf?1341597070.