July/August 2022Vol. 23, No. 6Change and Implementation in Practice: Overview Video
The Capacity Building Center for States has a video that provides an overview of its Change and Implementation in Practice series of resources. The video provides information on how agencies that are seeking to implement new programs, services, and strategies to effect change and better outcomes for the children, youth, and families they serve can benefit from a structured approach to exploring the challenges associated with this task.
The animated, 7-minute video presents two potential paths agencies can take when selecting and implementing a new program. On one path, agencies can quicky forge ahead with new and promising programs and services without first considering whether they will address specific problems or be a good fit for the families involved with the agency, which can lead to misspent resources, frustrated staff, and failure to meet the needs of children and families. Agencies can also choose a structured change and implementation path that uses data, evidence, and teamwork to understand the needs of families and find the right strategies to produce positive outcomes for them. On this path, agencies can plan and prepare to implement solutions as well as evaluate them through the course of their implementation to ensure they are a good fit.
The video also discusses the following eight strategies that lead to effective change and implementation:
- Assessing readiness
- Problem exploration
- Theory of change
- Intervention selection and design/adaptation
- Implementation planning and capacity building
- Intervention testing, piloting, and staging
- Monitoring, evaluating, and applying findings