Developing Implementation Capacity of Organizations and Systems to Support Effective Uses of Family Literacy Programs

Authored by: Sandra F. Naoom , Melissa Van Dyke , Dean L. Fixsen , Karen A. Blasé , Adrienne N. Villagomez

Handbook of Family Literacy

Print publication date:  April  2012
Online publication date:  August  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415884570
eBook ISBN: 9780203841495
Adobe ISBN: 9781136899126


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Implementation capacity includes the functions, roles, and structures in organizations and systems to support the full and effective uses of evidence-based programs. Implementation capacity encompasses ready access to implementation expertise to help organizations become informed consumers of evidence-based programs, knowing how to select the most appropriate evidence-based approach for their context and population of concern and knowing how to change practices and organizations to support the use of the selected evidence-based approach. Based on more than 40 years of program development and national implementation experience, and reviews of relevant literature, the National Implementation Research Network has identified key components of successful implementation. In this chapter, four key implementation components: (a) operationalizing interventions, (b) purveying organizations, (c) methods for developing competent staff, and (d) establishing organizational supports for practitioners will be presented and illustrated to address what is needed to translate evidence-based family literacy programs into practice and to establish implementation capacity.

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