Program Implementation Toolkit
The Clearinghouse has reviewed the latest research around evidence-based programs, implementation science, and military families to create evidence-informed, easy-to-use resources for professionals. Our tools and resources are designed to assist you through the program selection, implementation, and evaluation processes. You can use all of the tools and resources to help guide you through the entire process, or you can pick and choose the tools and resources that work best for your organization and the population you serve. All of our tools and resources are free of charge and available for download below.
Serving the Military Population
INFORMATIONAL SHEET: Understanding the Military and Military Families
INFORMATIONAL SHEET: Serving the Military Population
RESOURCE LIST: Serving the Military Population
RESOURCE LIST: Serving Veterans
Getting Your Community Ready
Community readiness essentially provides a picture of the extent to which a community is prepared for the integration of a new program or initiative. We have developed several tools and resources to assist professionals through the process of identifying community needs, determining community readiness, and understanding areas of community strengths and improvement. Resources available to assist professionals in identifying community needs and readiness are also provided.
WORKSHEET: Community Needs Assessment Planning
TOOL: Assessing Community Readiness
TOOL: Exploring Community Strengths and Needs
RESOURCE LIST: Assessing Community Needs and Readiness
Choosing the Right Program
There are many areas to consider when selecting a program to implement. Using an evidence-based program increases the likelihood that a program’s outcomes will be achieved. However, you also want to consider a program that addresses the needs within your community, fits your budget and resources, and takes into consideration the organization with which you work. The following tools and resources are designed to provide professionals with an understanding of evidence-based programs, information on the program selection and implementation process, and steps on how to assess a program’s fit and feasibility in relation to your organization and target population.
INFORMATIONAL SHEET: Understanding Evidence-Based Programs
INFORMATIONAL SHEET: Program Selection and Implementation
TOOL: Assessing Program Fit & Feasibility
Implementing a Program with Success
In order to increase the chances of long-term success, it is important that a program is implemented with quality. Program fidelity is a key piece to implementation quality, and there are a number of factors that need to be considered when thinking about fidelity, such as program adherence, exposure, delivery, and participant responsiveness. We have developed a number of tools and resources to assist professionals through the program implementation process. We discuss information on implementation frameworks and models that are designed to assist professionals in achieving and measuring implementation quality. We have also developed informational sheets that provide program recruitment and retention strategies for participants, as well as information on the importance of understanding fidelity. A maintaining fidelity checklist is also available to assist professionals with assessing program fidelity factors.
INFORMATIONAL SHEET: Implementation Frameworks and Models
INFORMATIONAL SHEET: Recruitment Strategies for Evidence-Based Programs
INFORMATIONAL SHEET: Participant Retention Strategies
INFORMATIONAL SHEET: Understanding Fidelity
TOOL: Maintaining Fidelity Checklist
Planning for Program Evaluation
Several items need to be considered when planning for a program evaluation, such as an organization’s culture and climate, the adequacy of a program’s design, and the available resources. The following tools and resources are designed to assist professionals in preparing for a program evaluation. A checklist is available to help organizations determine if they are ready to enter the evaluation process and an evaluation planning worksheet is available to assist professionals in preparing for an evaluation. Information on the phases of the evaluation process and available resources to assist professionals in preparing for and conducting an evaluation are also provided.