Project Management Handbook

The ACS Centre for Inspiring Minds Project Management Handbook has been developed to provide project management support and guidance to CIM Project Leaders and Project Team Members.

The opening section of the handbook gives an explanation about the ACS core purpose and values, professional learning and what we mean by the research engaged school and inter-school action research. The subsequent sections go into depth about everything you need to know to successfully manage your CIM project.

To guide the user through their project management journey the handbook uses glyphs to highlight team exercises, provide definitions, reference sources, give ideas, and direct the reader to a resource.  The glyphs used are:


Glyph 1 team exercise – an activity idea for you and your project team
Glyph 2 definition – an explanation of a key word or phrase
Glyph 3 source – a reference or information source
Glyph 4 key idea – an important concept
Glyph 5 resource – forms, templates and guidance to support project management


What skills do I need?

Section 2 of the handbook sets out the skills needs for a CIM project.  The four skill sets focused on are:

  • Team working skills
  • Facilitation skills
  • Action research skills
  • Project management skills

The guidance give for these skills is relevant to both project leaders and project team members, and can be applied to any project, not just CIM projects.


How do I develop an inter-school action research proposal?

Section 3 of the handbook looks at the four-step process to develop an inter-school action research proposal and provides prompts to help frame the research question:

  • Planning for collaborative inquiry
  • Formulating an action research question
  • Proposing an action research project
  • Submitting the project proposal


How do I develop an inter-school action research plan?

Section 4 of the handbook looks at the effective project planning, taking into consideration all its aspects, including stakeholder engagement, logic modelling, identification of assumptions, developing a budget, and the actual project plan (schedule) itself.

This section explains the need for a literature review and how it should be approached.  The literature review is not bout finding research that supports your ideas, it is about summarising the ideas of others who have studied topics that are relevant to your research question or topic.


How do I carry out an inter-school action research project?

Section 5 explains how CIM will support you, your project team, and your project.  In addition it gives resources to help you manage your:

  • Project team and their roles and responsibiliies
  • Partnerships
  • Meetings
  • Project Budget
  • Project Expenses
  • Communications


 How do I evaluate an inter-school research project?

Following backward design principles, a project evaluation plan should be developed before you design the activities intended to bring about the changes you will measure. This section explains the various assessment types and data types you can use and how.


How do I document and share learning?

The final section of the project management handbook looks at how project teams can communicate the project findings and lessons learned.  This could be in the form of:

  • Writing an action research report
  • Publishing a web portfolio
  • Writing a blog
  • Writing an article



The ACS Centre for Inspiring Minds Project Management Handbook is a valuable resource for anyone leading or contributing to a CIM project, as well as anyone who has an interest in project management.

To download a copy of our handbook click here PM Handbook