Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments

Strategic planning (83)

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Recommendations for Quality School Infrastructure

Based on qualitative research and a review of literature of quality criteria, this collection of guidelines and leading questions provides 121 recommendations for policy-makers, school designers and users. Authors include various stakeholders and experts: architects, landscape designers, environmental psychologists, pedagogical experts, school principals, teachers and representatives of authorities.
Categories: Strategic planning, Investment guidelines and policy, Condition assessment, Evaluation and assessment of design quality and learning outcomes
Country: Hungary
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Quality Criteria for Efficient Learning Environments in School Buildings

Based on content analysis of related literature, this paper gives a brief outline of the set of quality criteria (and their context) used by the project "Educating Spaces" of the Hungarian Institute for Educational Research and Development.
Categories: Strategic planning, Design guidelines
Country: Hungary
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A Review of University Facilities in Turkey

As a result of the massive growth of higher education in Turkey, the most pressing priority for this sector today is to meet the new space requirements for an increasing number of students. Now a subject of public attention more than ever before, the second largest item of expenditure for universities is the construction of physical spaces. This article sets out the key trends and presents the findings of a questionnaire conducted in 2005.
Categories: Strategic planning
Country: Turkey
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Queensland Development Code: Early Childhood Education and Care Services

sets a standard for the physical environment and facilities in education and care services and child care centres (Part MP 5.4 of the Queensland Development Code). It focuses on ensuring safe and hygienic conditions; and providing a suitable environment for fostering the optimal development of children.
Categories: Strategic planning, Legislation and regulations and standards, Briefing, Design guidelines
Country: Australia
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A Practical Guide to Managing School Reorganisation in Welsh Local Authorities

Focuses on the approaches to managing school reorganisation, governance and management arrangements, data/information gathering and analysis, developing options, consultation, decision making, implementation and support for schools and change management. These issues were the subject of a training course run by the 21st Century Schools programme for local authority officers across Wales during 2010, for which the guidance was background reading.
Categories: Strategic planning
Country: UK-Wales
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Good School, Inside and Out. Educating Spaces

Provides a handbook to inspire inclusive design and sustainable use of educational facilities. The chapters are organised around a set of nine quality criteria and participative planning. Each chapter contains a summary in the light of 6 aspects of learning environments, some theoretical background and exemplar cases as well as ideas or hints from Hungary and elsewhere.
Categories: Strategic planning, Investment guidelines and policy, Design guidelines, Evaluation and assessment of design quality and learning outcomes
Country: Hungary
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How to Undertake a Comprehensive School Infrastructure Audit: Lessons Learned in Albania

The objective of the project was ‘to create a decision-making instrument/system for planning and prioritizing public investments in the Albanian pre-university school system’. This system is known as the School Infrastructure Management System (SIMS). The SIMS is based on institutional and infrastructural data collected from 3349 pre-university schools/facilities. To gather this information, the project designed and delivered a complete ‘infrastructure audit’ of all public pre-university school facilities in Albania. The purpose of this report is to document various lessons learned in the process of designing, conducting and collating school infrastructure data for a EU-financed project under the Infrastructure Projects Facility in the Western Balkans (IPF). (NB: This report was not part of the project deliverables. It reflects the experiences of the authors)
Categories: Strategic planning, Investment guidelines and policy, Condition assessment
Country: Albania
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The New Zealand School Property Strategy 2011-2021

Sets the vision for school property as Safe and Inspiring Learning Environments, highlighting what needs to be done differently to improve both the performance of individual school environments and the state school property portfolio. Presents the profile and history of the school property portfolio in New Zealand, and the goals and vision of school property in the future: to be fit for purpose, well-managed and high-performing.
Categories: Strategic planning, Investment guidelines and policy, Condition assessment
Country: New Zealand
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Modern Learning Environment Tool

The Modern Learning Environment (MLE) assessment process was introduced in 2010 as part of the changes to the 10 Year Property Plan (10YPP) process and Five Year Agreement (5YA) funding in New Zealand. The tool encourages schools to upgrade classrooms to the Designing Quality Learning Spaces (DQLS) Standards by including adequate acoustics, lighting, heating and ventilation. The tool also encourages schools to think creatively about the way they teach, and introduce ‘breakout spaces’ – spaces where students can work independently, or cross classroom, in an informal environment.
Categories: Strategic planning, Investment guidelines and policy, Evaluation and assessment of design quality and learning outcomes
Country: New Zealand
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Promoting Environment-focused Renovations of School Buildings (gymnasiums): Menu of environment-focused renovations and results of a simulation of environmental measures in model plans

Presents the model plans for environment-focused renovations of existing school gymnasiums in the six regions in Japan by evaluating and considering the contents, effects and initial costs.
Categories: Strategic planning, Cost management and estimations, Design guidelines
Country: Japan