Installation Stage

Outcomes of Installation:

  • The implementation team is functioning efficiently and effectively. 
  • Infrastructure is in place to support ongoing professional learning and coaching in the program or practice. Policies and procedures are revised or developed to support practitioners' use of the practice or program as intended. 
  • Staff members have access to a system for collecting, analyzing, and using data for decision making and know how to use it. The data includes measures of fidelity for the practice or program as well as implementation, capacity, and outcome data. 
  • Bi-directional communication occurs among both internal and external stakeholders. 

An implementation stages diagram with the second stage highlighted

The Installation Stage begins when the decision to move ahead with a practice or program has occurred. In changing complex systems, it is easy to overlook this stage during implementation and not be intentional around planning and building structures (e.g., strengthening competencies, removing barriers, using data to inform decision-making) that will facilitate the successful implementation of a practice or program. Practical preparations are needed to initiate the new practice or program selected during Exploration. Changes often must be made in multiple settings and systems to accommodate and fully support the new practice or program. These changes outlined in an implementation plan should include activities such as: 

  • Ensuring financial and human resources are in place 
  • Collecting fidelity, capacity, and student outcome data 
  • Develop decision-making process using data  
  • Examining and modifying policies and procedures to ensure equitable implementation 

Developing the knowledge, skills, and abilities of practitioners and leaders is vital during the Installation Stage. Those expected to implement the new practices or programs must receive the culturally responsive learning and support needed to carry out the practice or programs as intended. Training, coaching, and data systems are conceptualized, created, or purchased to ensure this happens.  Well-prepared practitioners are more likely to feel confident and implement new practices or programs with fidelity. 

As a state, district, or school begins and moves through the Installation Stage, the implementation teams should revisit communication protocols.  Given the many decisions made, it is critical to seek and incorporate feedback from a diverse group of stakeholders most likely to be impacted by the changes. 

SISEP Video Series: Voices from the Field - Installation Video 1

Garret Petrie is an Education Specialist with the Minnesota Department of Education.  Here he provides an overview of how the Minnesota Implementation Team worked through the Installation process. Click to Tweet