The following are potential challenges during the Initial Implementation Stage:
- Resistance to change: Putting new and unfamiliar skills and processes to use can be uncomfortable.
- Inertia: Program implementation may get stalled on bumps and snags along the way, causing the initiative to lose momentum.
- Program adaptations: Discomfort and uncertainty can lead to changes to core intervention components.
- Unrealistic expectations: Organizational leaders and funders may have unrealistic expectations regarding implementation progress or consumer outcomes during this stage.