FPG’s implementation division members are a multi-disciplinary team of implementation researchers and practitioners who use best practices from implementation science to support the implementation and scaling of evidence-informed programs and practices to improve outcomes and advance equity for children, youth, and families and the communities where they live. Through rigorous study designs, division members contribute to building the evidence for implementation strategies, frameworks, and models that can support effective translation of research evidence into practice settings. Members of the division also develop formative measures for assessing and improving implementation capacity in communities and service systems.
A hallmark of the division is a focus on implementation practice and the identification of skills and competencies needed to support implementation efforts and ensure sustainability and positive impacts. Through a range of partnerships and initiatives, the division seeks to build a workforce with the competencies needed to support effective implementation. Our capacity-building work is relationship-driven, flexible, and tailored to the assets and needs of the population and setting. We embrace the co-creation of implementation strategies that are relevant to the focus population.
Steps to Success
The National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) is building the knowledge and capacity of the Annie E. Casey Foundation to use the best of implementation science and related tools and resources to address implementation challenges and support quality implementation of programs, practices, and policies. A major aspect of this work is to amplify and advance equitable implementation in research and practice to achieve better results for children, families, and communities.
California Child Welfare CPM
The Impact Center at FPG is contributing to the development of regional and state capacities to implement the California Child Welfare Core Practice Model (CPM). In partnership with the California Department of Social Services, County Welfare Directors Association, Child and Family Policy Institute of California, California Social Work Education Center, and Regional Training Academies, our team helps collaborators co-design and support counties to implement and sustain the CPM.
The National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) has released an updated version of The Hexagon Tool (September 2020), which can be used by communities and organizations to better understand how a new or existing program or practice fits into an implementing site’s existing work and context.
This updated version includes added language and considerations for race equity, as well as a new arrangement of the indicators that pairs each program indicator with its corresponding implementing site indicator.
Using best practices
We aim to use best practices from implementation science to integrate research and practice and improve outcomes for children and families.
We aim to advance equity through the use of equitable implementation methods.
Working with stakeholders
We aim to co-create effective and relevant implementation strategies with local stakeholders.
Conducting relevant and rigorous research
We aim to conduct relevant and rigorous implementation research.
Building implementation capacity
We aim to build implementation capacity in community and service settings.
We aim to develop skills and competencies of professionals working to support implementation efforts.
The Implementation Division hosts an annual summer internship program that is designed to create a challenging and meaningful professional experience for the trainee(s) that includes mentoring, networking, professional development, and experiential learning opportunities. Interns benefit from exposure to implementation practice and research across diverse fields and in varied practice settings. This experience provides knowledge and skill development that should enhance and inform the intern's future academic and professional pursuits.
Caryn Ward, PhD, is director of the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. She provides intensive, informed implementation supports to state and local education systems nationally through her work as the co-director of the State Implementation and Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices Center, Center on School Turnaround, and National Center for Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning. In addition, Ward co-leads the development of several implementation capacity measures and fidelity measures for use within state and local education systems.