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Virginia's Evidence-Based Practices Initiative: Transformation Zone

Virginia's Evidence-Based Practice Initiative is seeking support for capacity development in best practices of implementation science.  Multiple agencies within the state of Virginia are collaborating in their efforts to foster and facilitate the use of evidence within their local communities. The collaborating state agencies include the Office of Children Services (OCS), Department of Social Services (DSS), Department of Education (VDOE), Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services (DBHDS), and Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS).  A state leadership team comprised of representation from these various state agencies has been formed to design and lead the initiative. The National Implementation Research Network (NIRN; http://nirn.fpg.unc.edu) and partners within the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute propose providing a blended model of training, coaching, and consultation supports to support the implementation of the Virginia Evidence-Based Practice Initiative through a Transformation Zone approach. Equity will be centered and explicitly attended to in all aspects of services provided.


Funding Agency:  

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)

Funding Period:  

11/01/2022 to 06/30/2023

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Caryn S. Ward, Principal Investigator
Sophia S. Farmer, Co-Principal Investigator
Andrew Hou, Account Manager
Amelia Krysinski, Project Manager
Sherra Lawrence, Implementation Specialist
Ronald Seifer, Investigator
Sarah E. Wackerhagen, Research Associate