Implementation Research: A Synthesis of the Literature

The science related to developing and identifying “evidence-based practices and programs” has improved- however the science related to implementing these programs with fidelity and good outcomes for consumers lag far behind. This monograph describes the science related to implementation and identifies what it will take to transmit innovative programs and practices to mental health, social services, juvenile justice, education, health, early childhood education, employment services, and substance abuse prevention and treatment. The monograph also summarizes findings from the review of the implementation evaluation literature and proposes frameworks for understanding effective implementation processes. The results of this literature review and synthesis confirm that systematic implementation practices are essential to any national attempt to use the products of science – such as evidence-based programs – to improve the lives of its citizens.

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