SISEP eNotes: October 2014

Date Published: 2014-10-31


SISEP eNotes

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

October 2014

Implementation Teams


Implementation Teams actively support the implementation, sustainability, and scale-up of usable interventions. They do so by employing active implementation frameworks (i.e., 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 implementation of an initiative through each implementation stage.  On a daily basis, Implementation Teams are actively involved with implementation of interventions and innovations.

Organized and effective Implementation Teams make a big difference.  Effective teams assure the full and effective uses of interventions and innovations.  Effective teams assure educationally significant outcomes.  Without Implementation Teams, districts, schools, and states are left to their own imaginations to figure out implementation science and best practices.

Key Functions of Implementation Teams


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

Resources for Building and Improving Your Implementation Team


  • Implementation Team Checklist - a quarterly review to provide ongoing monitoring of key implementation components.
  • SSIP Implementation Team Checklist - a version of the checklist above to support your new State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) team.
  • Communication Protocol Worksheet - guides your team through the development of communication protocols. Formally linking implementation teams through regularly scheduled, transparent communication protocols helps to support system alignment and the development of a hospitable policy, funding and operational environment
  • Tools to Support the Development of a Coherent and Aligned System - creating a detailed Terms of Reference (ToR) facilitates the work of the Implementation Team. The ToR clearly defines a common understanding of the purpose, membership, processes and ways of work of the team.
  • Module 3: Implementation Teams – learn more about the work of Implementation Teams by reviewing this module on the Active Implementation Hub.

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