SISEP eNotes: December 2013

Date Published: 2013-12-05


SISEP eNotes

Notes, News and Discussion from the
State Implementation & Scaling-up of Evidence-Based Practices Project

December 2013

Implementation Teams

Implementation Teams actively support the implementation, sustainability, and scale-up of usable interventions by integrating the use of implementation stages, drivers and improvement cycles. They consist of a core group of individuals (usually a minimum of 3-5) who are accountable for guiding the overall implementation of an initiative from exploration to full, effective, and sustainable implementation.  On a daily basis, Implementation Teams are actively involved with implementation efforts to assure the full and effective uses of interventions and innovations.

Organized and effective Implementation Teams make a big difference for achieving educationally significant outcomes.  Without Implementation Teams to do the work of implementation, districts, schools, regions, and states are left to their own imaginations to figure out implementation science and best practices.

The key functions of Implementation Teams are:

  • Ensure Implementation
    • Creating Readiness
    • Installing and Sustaining Implementation Drivers
    • Monitoring Implementation Fidelity
  • Engage the Community
    • Outreach
    • Transparent, Consistent Communication
  • Create a Hospitable Environment
    • System Alignment
    • Policy Development
    • Transparent Communication Protocols

Tools and Resources


The Implementation Team Checklist is designed for quarterly review by the Implementation Team to provide ongoing monitoring of key implementation components.

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Creating a detailed Terms Of Reference can facilitate the work of the Implementation Team, because it clearly defines a common understanding of the purpose, membership, processes and ways of work of the team. For more information on developing a Terms of Reference, review SISEP’s Tools to Support the Development of a Coherent and Aligned System.

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For more information about the work of Implementation Teams, visit the Active Implementation Hub, Module 3: Implementation Teams.

AI Modules are short (30-45 minute) online modules designed to be self-paced, or blended with existing pre-service and in-service learning. They include content, activities and assessments designed to promote the knowledge and practice of implementation science and scaling-up.


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