A key component of MICIP is funds, as evidenced by the definition of the process – needs drive plans to coordinate funds. Frequently districts have started with their available funds, written a plan to use the funds, and then tried to match them with a need. MICIP turns that scenario around; in MICIP we first identify the needs, write a plan to address them, and then blend and braid funds to support the plan. In addition, some districts have used their least restrictive funds first while leaving more of their restrictive funds on the table. It’s critical that not only do we know what funds we have but that we also know how to wisely spend them to maximize their use. Eventually we hope that MICIP will also allow a district to monitor its spending directly through the platform. The role of funding also points out how critical it is to have your district finance person as part of your continuous improvement team.