Partnership in Using Implementation Science to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families

The National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) is partnering with Casey Family Programs (CFP) to integrate principles and frameworks of implementation science into their ongoing technical assistance and strategic support of jurisdictions to achieve better outcomes for children and families. The goals of the CFP/NIRN partnership include:

  • Provide implementation support to identified jurisdictions to ensure the development of sustainable infrastructures to support high-fidelity implementation of initiatives
  • Build general and implementation-specific competencies of CFP technical assistance providers and strategic consultants to promote effective implementation of evidence-based models, innovations, and systems change efforts in identified jurisdictions
  • Build the capacity of local jurisdictions to sustain change efforts, continue to improve their child welfare systems, and generalize implementation science strategies to future change efforts, and
  • Partner with the Technical Assistance Unit (TAU) to develop an offering (i.e., TA methodology) to Strategic Consultants in need of implementation support in their jurisdictions

The goals of the partnership will be reached through the following tasks: 1) conduct site visits in partnership with CFP to four selected jurisdictions; 2) provide intensive competency-based coaching for CFP staff working in the selected jurisdictions; 3) assess CFP staff’s general and implementation-specific competency development to inform continuous improvement of the application of implementation science; and 4) initiate an Implementation Learning Collaborative to support peer to peer to learning for all CFP staff interested in learning more about implementation science.

FPG Project Staff:
Allison J. Metz, Principal Investigator
Melissa Van Dyke, Co-Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Casey Family Programs
Funding Period: 01/01/2014 - 12/31/2014
Award Amount: $244,978