A Guide to the Implementation Process: Stages, Steps and Activities

March 2014

Improving child and family outcomes is a cornerstone of early childhood education and in particular the IDEA Part C and Part B, Section 619 Preschool programs. To improve outcomes, an evidence-based practice or innovation must be selected and the process of implementing that practice or innovation must be effective. Implementation science is the study of the processes needed to bring new practices into widespread use.

This guide is based on a review of the literature of implementation science Fixsen, Naoom, Blase, Friedman, & Wallace, 2005 and the collective experiences of federally funded national centers in conducting state-wide system change initiatives. These centers include the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center NECTAC, now the ECTA Center, Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children TACSEI, Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning CSEFEL, National Implementation Research Network NIRN, and the State Implementation of Scaling-up Evidence-based Practices SISEP.

Source: FPG Child Development Institute

Available at: http://fpg.unc.edu/resources/guide-implementation-process-stages-steps-and-activities

Implementation Quick Start


How Do You Share the News? If you’ve been learning about implementation science, chances are you’d like to share what you’ve learned with others in your organization. How do you grab their attention? How can you pique their interest in implementation science without overwhelming them?

SISEP has an answer! We’ve developed a new “Implementation Quick Start” lesson presentation to help you introduce the concept of implementation science and the Active Implementation Frameworks to your leadership, your team and your organization.  The streaming presentation is available 24/7 on the AI Hub.  Take advantage of this opportunity to spread the news!

Source: SISEP:State Implementation and Scaling-up Evidence-based Pratices Center

Available at: http://sisep.fpg.unc.edu/news/sisep-enotes-march-2014

Introduction | AI HUB


Implementation Teams consist of the people who do the work of implementation (Stages, Drivers, and Improvement Cycles) with Usable Interventions. They develop and sustain capacity to assure intended academic and behavioral outcomes are realized. The work of Implementation Teams requires knowledge, skills, and abilities that are available, but not commonly used deliberately. For applied purposes and illustration, this module uses state and local educational systems as context. This module is designed to assist educators (e.g., in schools, districts and state agencies) in building Active Implementation capacity to ensure improved academic and behavioral outcomes for all students.

Source: Active Implementation HUB, Frank Porter Graham Institute

Available at: http://implementation.fpg.unc.edu/module-3?o=ecta