Implementation Materials from Other Sources

Below are summaries and links to general articles and resource materials on implementation issues.

California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC)

Leadership Symposium on Evidence-Based Practice: Implementation Science: Closing the Gap between Innovation and Practice – Resource Guide (2013)

    This Resource Guide aims to provide an accessible means for decision makers, leaders, and practitioners in various fields to connect with implementation science, and, ultimately, to make more effective and sustained use of specific evidence-based practices. It contains a selected bibliography on implementation science with brief annotations. It addresses the question of the scientific basis of this emerging field, then provides items that describe some of the main implementation models and frameworks. It continues with a few items on research methods, and closes with citations of works that apply and test implementation science in real world settings. In addition, online links to groups, periodicals and websites explain and illustrate the uses of implementation science. A preliminary glossary of terms widely used in the literature is included.

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Implementing Evidence-Based Practice

    The Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the general public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more. A service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, they provide access to print and electronic publications, websites, databases, and online learning tools for improving child welfare practice, including resources that can be shared with families. The Implementing Evidence-Based Practice website contains resources, tips, strategies for addressing the many challenges of implementation and carrying out a successful replication.

Children’s Bureau Permanency Innovations Initiative (PII) Project

The Development, Implementation, and Assessment Approach (2016)

    The Development, Implementation, and Assessment Approach helps organizations develop or adapt innovations and effectively implement them with fidelity for sustainable change. This document provides a detailed overview of the Approach.

Guide to Developing, Implementing, and Assessing an Innovation (2016)

    A five volume guide with instructions, quizzes, examples, and tools that provide guidance and support for teams using the Approach.

The Permanency Innovations Initiative (PII) Approach to Evaluation (September 2015)

    The evaluation of the PII is designed to build the evidence-base in child welfare by engaging child welfare agencies in comprehensive and rigorous evaluation strategies. This document provides a detailed overview of the PII evaluation process.

The PII Approach: Building Implementation and Evaluation Capacity in Child Welfare (2013)

    PII integrates implementation science and rigorous evaluation to support interventions that reduce the problem of long-term foster care. This document details the initiative.

Using Child Welfare Administrative Data in the Permanency Innovations Initiative Evaluation (May 2016)

    Describes the use of administrative data in child welfare systems, including the types of data, challenges, and the ways data was used in the PII project.

National Implementation Research Network

Implementation Research: A Synthesis of the Literature
Fixsen, D. L., Naoom, S. F., Blase, K. A., Friedman, R. M., & Wallace, F. (2005)

    This monograph summarizes findings from the review of the research literature on implementation and proposes frameworks for understanding effective implementation processes. The results of this literature review and synthesis confirm that systematic implementation practices are essential to any national attempt to use the products of science - such as evidence-based programs - to improve the lives of its citizens.

Washington State Institute for Public Policy

Evidence-Based Programs to Prevent Children from Entering and Remaining in the Child Welfare System: Benefits and Costs for Washington (2008)

    The Washington State Institute for Public Policy was directed by the 2007 Washington Legislature to estimate whether “evidence-based” programs and policies can “reduce the likelihood of children entering and remaining in the child welfare system, including both prevention and intervention programs.” This report examines three basic questions. Is there credible evidence that specific programs “work” to improve these outcomes? If so, do benefits outweigh program costs? Finally, what would be the total net gain if these evidence-based programs were implemented more widely?

Return on Investment: Evidence-Based Options to Improve Statewide Outcomes: April 2012 Update

    This report provides a snapshot of Washington State’s list of evidence-based policy options on many public policy topics. Where possible, it provides an independent assessment of the benefits and costs of each option from the perspective of Washington citizens and taxpayers. In essence, this report is similar to an investment advisor’s “buy-sell” list—it contains current recommendations on policy options that can give taxpayers a good return on their investment (“buys”), as well as those that apparently cannot (“sells”).