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A Road Map to Implementing Evidence-Based Programs

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Fully constructed bridge

"The bridge from science to service must be built, repaired, maintained, and improved." - NIRN Brief, January 2009

Sustainability is only possible when full implementation has been achieved. Sustaining change can be difficult. Your program is not frozen in time and must adapt continually to changes in the community, funding streams, and organizational priorities. Organizational culture, leadership, and staff need to be nurtured and maintained. The involvement of high-level administrators in a continuous feedback loop with the Implementation Team, providers, and recipients is critical. At this stage, an organization should institutionalize a quality assurance mechanism to evaluate use of data. This will facilitate assessing the effectiveness and quality of the program.

Most importantly, sustainability can and should be planned for early in the implementation process and examined at each stage.

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