Key Takeaways

  • Implementation refers to the actual offering or carrying out of the program. 

  • Program implementation requires a strong commitment by the organization to execute the program with integrity to its original design. 

  • It can take 6 to 9 months to prepare to implement an evidence-based program.  

Addressing program implementation issues

Most issues or problems in implementation occur because of lack of capacity of the organization to deliver a program and/or inadequate preparation of the site for delivery of the program. For successful program implementation, it is important to address a number of issues, including:

  1. A commitment of ongoing resources to support the program, including staff time and participation.
  2. Involvement of stakeholders in planning and selection of programs to implement.
  3. The creation of an implementation task force made up of consumers and stakeholders.
  4. The identification of resources for extra costs related to the program, e.g., equipment, manuals, recruitment activities, access to needed expertise, re-training of staff, and other incidental needs and materials.

All of this requires a strong commitment by the organization to fully implement the program with integrity to its original design (fidelity). It is also important to think about what action is required to make the program sustainable over time so that your time and effort are well spent.

Resources to help with program implementation

Toolkit for Evidence-Based Prevention

This website provides guidance on engaging in evidence-based prevention efforts. You will find resources to help select a program that best matches your organization’s needs and understand how to use culturally competent approaches.  

Implementing and Adapting Evidence-Based Programs

This website provides information, tools, and supports to improve the quality and outcomes of evidence-based interventions funded through federal investments.

Formulating Strategic Business Plans for Healthy Aging Programs