Practicing Implementation

June 16, 2020
Julia Moore & Allison Metz

As organizations try to implement evidence-based programs and practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, they face new implementation challenges. One of the common issues is how to adapt evidence-based programs/practices and implementation strategies to accommodate for changes to the way we work and live during the pandemic. Just as we want our... Read more

June 11, 2020
The National Implementation Research Network

The National Implementation Research Network condemns racism and police violence against Black people in the United States.

Anti-black racism has plagued this country for more than 400 years.  As we seek to support the implementation of good ideas in a range of systems, our team recognizes that all systems we work... Read more

May 13, 2020

Check out this new blog post at Integration and Implementation Insights, written by NIRN's Allison Metz. The blog post describes the importance of leading with relationships to support rapid change and considers what we can learn about the role of trust... Read more

April 21, 2020
Allison Metz, Katie Burke

While activities related to assessing need and context are often framed as an exploration or early stage activity, stakeholders in public systems and community partners describe the need to assess context beyond these early stages of implementation. We recognize that context is ever changing, and implementation support must be responsive to the... Read more

April 16, 2020
Allison Metz, Sarah Verbiest, Todd Jensen, Amanda Farley

As we seek to support public agencies in implementing mission critical work during the pandemic, we are reminded of a fundamental approach to effective implementation practice – co-creation. Co-creation involves the authentic engagement of stakeholders, community partners, and families in planning for implementation. This includes... Read more

March 30, 2020
Allison Metz, Leah Bartley, Amanda Farley

During this time of crisis, so much has changed for the service systems we partner with.  In response, we are shifting our support from building implementation capacity to helping agencies to meet the needs of families right now, while recognizing that staff and agency resources are stressed more than ever. In child welfare, these... Read more

March 25, 2020

Like many in this time of restricted travel, remote learning and working from home, the NIRN team is paying more attention than ever to using virtual meetings effectively. It's not easy to do, particularly in a time of uncertainty when many other things are drawing our attention. Check out... Read more

December 20, 2019
Beadsie Woo, Kim DuMont, & Allison Metz

Beadsie Woo, at The Annie E. Casey Foundation; Kim DuMont, at The William T. Grant Foundation; and Allison Metz, at the National Implementation Research Network have co-authored a new blog on what equitable implementation means. Check it out here!

November 5, 2019

“If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.”  Such a simple quote by Peter Drucker, but at the same time powerful and so very true. I recently received personal nutrition coaching and dreaded the weekly stepping on the scale and monthly measurements, but I realized quickly that without these I wouldn’t... Read more

August 5, 2019

Several months ago, I read Brent Dyke’s Forbes article about data storytelling, and the big takeaway for me was this: People don’t remember numbers. What they do remember are stories. As someone who... Read more

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