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Community Capacity Coach: Embedded Support to Implement Evidenced-Based Prevention
Strompolis, M., Cain, J. M., Wilson, A., Aldridge, W. A., II, Armstrong, J. M., & Srivastav, A.
From the abstract: "Given the pervasive nature of child abuse and neglect, multilevel public health approaches are necessary. Implementation science can help in understanding the most effective ways to build infrastructure and support delivery of such approaches. In this theoretical paper, we describe the implementation of the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P), an evidence‐based population‐level parenting program in South Carolina. While implementation science has informed how to move population‐level efforts to scale, we discuss challenges that persist in practice, such as when there is a need for multiple stakeholders to understand, support, and apply implementation best practices in a systematic and consistent way. To address this challenge, we introduce the role of a Community Capacity Coach, who lives in the local community and works towards the implementation of Triple P. The Coach is responsible for bridging gaps between the local community and statewide support systems. We detail the ways in which the Coach's role aligns with key intermediary functions, and how the Coach is embedded within the larger Triple P statewide support system. We then discuss the assessment of the Coach's impact; and conclude with future directions and next steps for this role within Triple P South Carolina."
Strompolis, M., Cain, J. M., Wilson, A., Aldridge, W. A., II, Armstrong, J. M., & Srivastav, A. (2020). Community capacity coach: Embedded support to implement evidenced-based prevention. Journal of Community Psychology, 48, 1132-1146.