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ERIC Number: ED073027
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 16
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Design and Implementation Skills for Social Innovation.
Tornatzky, Louis G.; Fairweather, George W.
New models of research and training combined with dissemination techniques can contribute to relevant social change. The Ecological Psychology Program at Michigan State University, a graduate training program which focuses on model building and implementation research, offers ideas on the plausability of social programming. The process would involve a new social and professional role involving the innovator, first, in the creation of an alternative subsystem model combining research and training, in a community context and designed to meet social needs, and, secondly, in implementation of the model through dissemination, diffusion, and adoption. Examples of types of research that have been completed or are underway by the faculty and staff of the program, and related problems, are discussed. Problems of implementation research focus on getting individuals and institutions to adopt social innovations. A program of research demonstrating both the model building and implementation aspects is discussed. This program, the Fairweather Community Lodge Program, was designed to be a permanent social support for released psychiatric patients. Attempts were made for adoption of the lodge program throughout the country. (SJM)
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