Purveyors and Intermediary Organizations

Implementation teams might actively work with external purveyors, vendors, or technical assistance providers of programs or innovations. For example, early childhood program purveyors represent a group of individuals very knowledgeable about an evidenced-based program or evidence-informed innovation. The purveyor actively works to help others implement the program or innovation with fidelity and good effect. Purveyors are often affiliated with university-based researchers and/or technical assistance centers or may be private consultants.

External implementation support could also be provided from intermediary or regional entities or organizations. Intermediaries facilitate the exploration, installation, implementation and sustainability of a number of programs and innovations by:

  • Broadly educating and stimulating interest
  • Assessing evidence and fit/feasibility
  • Linking program developers and purveyors with implementing schools and districts
  • Ensuring effective implementation and fidelity systems are developed and maintained
  • Building capacity to implement well and integrating efforts to implement multiple initiatives
  • Assisting with alignment of policies, procedures, and guidelines to support new ways of work
  • Working at multiple levels of the education system to promote quality implementation and scale-up