The NIRN has been very fortunate to have the opportunity to engage in National and Global initiatives across human services. Currently, the NIRN is engaged in building a better laboratory in which the Active Implementation components are in use and available for study. The NIRN Project Portfolio (below) outlines the range of NIRN activities and projects taking place now and in recent years.
National Center for Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning
Funding Agency: Zero to Three
Funding Period: 09/30/2015 - 09/29/2017
Award Amount: $3,781,177
NIRN and the FPG Child Development Institute (FPG) are partnering with Zero to Three (ZTT) to support the Office of Head Start’s National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning (NCDTL). The implementation science work focuses on four major activities: 1) building implementation science capacity; 2) designing and supporting a performance evaluation; 3) providing cross-sector partnership and leadership with activities conducted by the National Center; and 4) providing content area expertise.
NIRN Implementation Research: Wake County Public Schools
Funding Agency: Wake County Public School System
Funding Period: March 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018
Award Amount: $34,903
The National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) is providing technical assistance to Wake County Public School System (North Carolina) in conducting their Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) implementation evaluation. The TA consists of providing training and coaching on the Drivers Best Practices Assessment and the Observational Tool for Instructional Supports and Systems (OTISS).
State Implementation and Scaling-Up of Evidence-Based Practices (SISEP) Center
Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Education
Funding Period: January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2017
Award Amount: $5,498,805
Effective implementation capacity is essential to improving education. The SISEP Center supports education systems in creating implementation capacity for evidence‐based practices benefiting students with disabilities. Project funding is by the Office of Special Education Programs.
National Implementation Science Research Network's Active Implementation Model
Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Justice
Funding Period: September 15, 2016 - September 14, 2017
Award Amount: $116,547
National Institute of Corrections (NIC) staff are being trained broadly on the fundamentals of implementation science (i.e., implementation teams, stages, drivers, and improvement cycles). At the same time, NIC is working to inform NIRN of best practices in the field of corrections, as wells as the common barriers to successful implementation in the field of corrections.
New Jersey Department of Children and Families Evidence Based Practices
Funding Agency: Annie E. Casey Foundation
Funding Period: May 1, 2016 - April 30, 2017
Award Amount: $239,820
Active Implementation Frameworks to Support Effective Implementation of Family Success Centers
Funding Agency: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Funding Period: March 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017
Award Amount: $250,269
NIRN is supporting quality implementation of Family Success Centers (FSCs) in New Jersey’s Department of Children and Families. The Active Implementation approach involves four major goals: 1) define and operationalize the roles, functions, and core activities of the FSC practitioners; 2) assist the FSCs in refining their way of work as they engage with families through usability testing processes; 3) assess and identify the infrastructure and supports needed to ensure high quality implementation of defined FSC functions; and 4) build the initial capacity of DCF, Rutgers University, and FSC staff to effectively use Active Implementation Frameworks as they assist FSCs in consistent and effective implementation of practices.