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ERIC Number: ED501398
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 47
Abstractor: Author
New Initiatives: Considerations Related to Planning, Implementing, Sustaining, and Going-to-Scale. A Center Brief
Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA
Properly conceived and implemented new initiatives are essential to improving schools and communities. Such new initiatives usually are pursued as projects, pilots, or demonstrations, with temporary funding and staffing. When the funding ends, more often than not much of what has been developed disappears. Sometimes this is appropriate (e.g., when what was developed turns out not to be effective or important). At other times, the loss represents a set back for all stakeholders. Optimally, plans should be made at the onset with respect to sustaining valuable functions developed during the special funding period, and sustainability should be a focus from day one of implementation. With most such work, however, the pressure of just becoming operational often means that sustainability is not a major focus until well into the second year of a three year funding period. Moreover, most staff have not be prepared to pursue their work in ways that maximize sustainability and scale-up. This brief is designed to provide a quick overview of basic ideas, phases, stages, and steps related to the planning, implementation, maintenance, and scale-up of valuable new initiatives. There is a particular emphasis on sustainability. (Cited References, Additional References, and Other Resources are included. Three appendixes include: (1) Readiness for Systemic Change; (2) Social Marketing, Data, and Systemic Change; and (3) Formative and Summative Evaluation of Efforts to Sustain Functions. Contains 2 figures.).
Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA. Department of Psychology, Franz Hall, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Box 951563, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563. Tel: 310-825-3634; Fax: 310-206-8716; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Office of Adolescent Health (DHHS/PHS)
Authoring Institution: University of California, Los Angeles, Center for Mental Health in Schools
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A