Implementation for Educators Blog

March 1, 2023
Angela M. Jack
Implementation Resilience in the Face of Challenges Today, human service organizations grapple with many unprecedented challenges—challenges that are systemic and impact the implementation of evidence-based programs and practices with quality. Our most vulnerable populations–like children experiencing poverty, the disability community, and communities of color–are most affected by these organizational challenges.   How can organizations make...
February 8, 2023
Sophia Farmer and Rebekah Hornak
A recent article by Jim Knight inspired an in-depth conversation on fidelity at the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) out of UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. Our interest was piqued, given our work within the field of implementation science and practice and the role of fidelity in K-12 education. As we try to...
January 18, 2023
Correy Watkins & Caryn Ward
Understanding context is extremely important to assist with decision-making when providing implementation support. On an average day, people make hundreds of decisions. We must understand that, in order to make the best decision, we must always consider context to help us differentiate which options will lead us to the best outcome. To simply state it...
December 2, 2022
Correy Watkins
Introduction An essential component of implementation efforts is partners effectively working together. This is easier said than done. The relationships that we have are a direct reflection of learned experiences over periods of time. These relationships are cultivated through lived experiences. Partners must build and maintain relationships to continue successful implementation efforts. So how do you...
November 4, 2022
Ellen Nacik, Garrett Petrie & Eric Kloos
Implementation Capacity and Evidence-Based Practice Fidelity  It’s fall in Minnesota, a time of year when apples (including MN-invented ones, looking at you, Honeycrisp), pumpkins, and perhaps, candy come to mind. Do you recall the 1980s commercial about one such treat? We hope so because we are all in on this metaphor! Picture a “television set.”...
September 26, 2022
Marie David
Ask any doctoral student and they would agree that their task list only grows and never ends. From that manuscript that’s long overdue to data coding that’s been put off due to hectic Fall & Spring semesters, we often associate summer as the season for trimming tasks off our task lists. The thought of adding...
August 31, 2022
Kathleen Ryan Jackson
How much time do you spend working in teams? Are you empowered to optimize this collective time by bringing together a variety of thinkers who push you to be better? Are you inspired to stay engaged and support your teammates to do the same? Let’s unpack why this is important and how we make this...
June 17, 2022
Rebekah Hornak
I will never forget the moment my superintendent, Dr. Kathy Stewart, told the Executive Cabinet at the Saginaw Intermediate School District that she had once again raised her hand to volunteer us for an opportunity. The opportunity was to partner with the Michigan Department of Education on something called a Transformation Zone. We then joked...
April 28, 2022
Sophia Farmer
Action-packed adventures with our favorite superheroes teach us some of the best life lessons. Imagine you are a superhero, and your superpower is implementation. You have superhuman vision that activates your ability to co-learn. Armed with this powerful mindset, you are able to quickly absorb new information and activate the strengths and brilliance of others...
March 7, 2022
Sophia Farmer
You’ve heard the saying. “An hour of planning can save you ten hours of doing.” (Dale Carnegie) We know the value of intentional action planning and bold decision-making. However, in a time when more demands than ever are placed on schools and districts, it is easy (and often expected) to get practices and programs in...
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