The ACEL Leadership Capability Framework© is a learning resource that sets out the capabilities educational leaders need for effective and successful practice.

The Diagnostic Inventory of School Alignment (DISA)

The Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) and the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) through the Leadership Research group (LRI) have signed a formal agreement of collaboration for the purpose of disseminating resources such as The Diagnostic Inventory of School Alignment (DISA) to help schools build capacity for success.


Developed by a team of academics and scholars of Leadership Research (LRI) based at the University of Southern Queensland.

The DISA is first of a series of resources designed to assist schools in their ongoing quest for sustainable improvement. It has been specifically developed for school leaders who are interested in making data driven decisions as a basis for school improvement.

What is the DISA?

The DISA is an affordable, reliable, research derived tool designed around the Research-based Framework for Organisational Alignment. It has been developed to gather data from the school’s major stakeholder groups (teachers, parents and students). The collated whole-school data are expressed in terms of indicators of social, organisational and intellectual capital.

What does the DISA do?

It collects and collates data for planning, decision making or review purposes and enables you to understand your school in terms of alignment of key organisational elements and other indicators of school alignment.

How Does the DISA Work?

The DISA is comprised of three customised electronic surveys aimed at your school’s staff, student and parent groups. The collated data are presented in a range of easy to read formats that enable comparative and whole-school analyses. After completion of the survey, the results are analysed by staff at the LRI and presented to you in a comprehensive report coupled with graphical representation of the findings. In addition, an LRI member will contact you by phone to discuss the implications of the results presented in the report.


Helping schools build capacity for success is our passion. We have been studying school improvement for 12 years and we have worked in over 350 schools. We know that the complex task of school improvement can be made easier if:

  • You follow a well researched, proven process;
  • You utilise tools specifically developed for the purpose.

DISA Survey

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