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Title: Systemic Change and Empirically-Supported Practices: The Implementation Problem (Information Resource)

Description: Early research on moving empirically-supported practices into common use has tended to analyze and approach the matter with too limited a procedural framework and with too little attention to context. This document highlights information that can help advance work on what is widely called the ?implementation problem.? Specifically, we frame the process in terms of the diffusion of innovations. And, we stress that such diffusion is being carried out in organized settings that have well-established institutional cultures and infrastructures that must change if effective widespread application is to occur. From this perspective, the implementation problem becomes one of diffusing innovation through major systemic change. It encompasses facilitating organizational changes that lead to effective adoption/adaptation of a prototype at a particular site and the added complexities of system-wide replication-to-scale.

Access at:   http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/pdfdocs/systemic/implementation problem.pdf  209k; 15pp