Lessons Learned from Implementing
Remember the old adage, don’t reinvent the wheel? This advice can be particularly helpful to schools, organizations, and agencies looking for ways to make positive community wide impacts, while also working with limited time or resources. Implementing evidence-based programs (EBPs) can increase the likelihood of success by promoting stakeholder buy-in and giving schools, organizations, and agencies access to a range of implementation supports. Evidence-based programs offer proven ways to address a range of topic areas, including mental health, school climate, bullying, and alcohol/substance use. In most cases, an intervention is considered an EBP if there was evidence from at least one rigorous study showing positive impact on outcomes. There are several steps to consider as you implement an EBP:
- Choose a program that is right for your school, organization, or agency by using data to determine your local needs and strengths.
- Assess your school, organization, or agency’s readiness to implement.
- Review program registries and talk to schools and organizations implementing the same EBP to hear about their implementation successes and challenges.
- Engage key stakeholders, including family members, in the planning and implementation process, defining everyone roles and responsibilities, to promote the adoption and sustainability of the EBP.