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ERIC Number: ED510725
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 38
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 98
The Role of Organizational Context and External Influences in the Implementation of Evidence-Based Programs. Report III
Metz, Allison; Burkhauser, Mary; Collins, Ashleigh; Bandy, Tawana
Child Trends
The implementation of programs and practices that reflect the best available research and evaluation is a new and very promising development in the out-of-school time field. However, successfully implementing a new, evidence-based program or practice is a major challenge for practitioners. This challenge is due, in large part, to a lack of information on strategies that promote effective and efficient program implementation. In most cases, implementation strategies have been limited to paper-based manuals that focus on describing interventions without providing complementary information on necessary implementation resources and activities. Because of this, they do not ensure the real-world application of innovative, research-based practice. Recently, researchers have begun to study implementation in an effort to understand the key ingredients for successful program implementation. A synthesis of implementation research "within the human services field" completed by the National Implementation Research Network identified six core components that drive successful program implementation, referred to as "drivers." This current report synthesizes findings from the meager body of implementation research conducted in the out-of-school time field and provides recommended action steps for practitioners implementing evidence-based practices in their organization based on this research. As noted, it focuses on the three implementation drivers related to organizational practices and external influences: facilitative administration, systems-level partnerships, and decision-support data systems. While the first three drivers address issues for staff and other individuals in out-of-school time organizations, these three drivers address contextual and systemic issues at the level of the organization. [To access "The Role of Organizational Context and External Influences in the Implementation of Evidence-Based Programs. Report IV" see ED510729.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Child Trends