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June 2017Vol. 18, No. 4Leadership and Organizational Change for Implementation

The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare produced the training webinar "Leadership and Organizational Change for Implementation," which focuses on training managers and supervisors to become effective leaders, to create a positive implementation climate within their organizations, and to successfully lead their teams in evidence-based practice implementation.

The webinar features Gregory A. Aarons, Ph.D., from the Child & Adolescent Services Research Center at the University of California, San Diego, Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Aarons discusses the need for training effective implementation leaders due to the shortcomings in successful program implementation. Research has shown a 55 percent failure rate for implemented home-based treatment, and recent reviews of dissemination and implementation research in child and adolescent mental health found that only 10 percent of these review articles were considering the long-term sustainment of evidence-based interventions.

In the webinar, Dr. Aarons illustrates the four domains of implementation leadership:

  1. Knowledgeable about the evidence-based program and can answer questions from staff about the specific program being implemented
  2. Supportive of staff in the implementation of the evidence-based program
  3. Proactive in problem solving during and after the implementation process
  4. Perseverant throughout the implementation process

The Implementation Leadership Scale, a 12-question self-assessment based on these four domains, identifies specific behaviors that leaders can enact to support and engage their staff in the larger goal of evidence-based practice implementation. It also focuses on leadership behaviors related to climate-embedding mechanisms to promote strategic climates.

To view the complete webinar "Leadership and Organizational Change for Implementation," visit