Implementation is both a science and an art. It’s the active process of integrating evidence-informed programs and practices in the real world (Rabin & Brownson, 2018). Implementation focuses on ‘how’ a program or practice will fit into and improve a service (Burke, Morris, & McGarrigle, 2012).
We’ve written this guide to help you implement evidence-informed programs and practices in the child and family service sector. We encourage you to use it in conjunction with the recommended tools and resources highlighted throughout the guide.
We developed this guide using best-practice recommendations from implementation science. It uses a staged implementation process to guide your implementation activities (Metz & Bartley, 2012; Metz et al., 2015). The guide outlines all stages and steps briefly, and provides links to useful online resources.
Our guide aims to:
- increase awareness about implementation science
- explain how high-quality implementation works
- explain why implementation science is important
- equip agencies and service providers to use implementation strategies
- explain how to adapt program or practice implementation strategies for different contexts
- explain how to monitor and measure implementation outcomes
- share useful tools and resources.
Our guide may help:
- agencies and service providers that are planning to implement a new program or practice
- agencies and service providers that would like to refine or sustain an existing program or practice
- staff with varying levels of experience, including frontline practitioners; their team leaders and managers; senior leaders in the organisations; and those who design or develop programs in the child and family service setting.