Topic 1: Definitions

Implementation Teams are the “Who” of Active Implementation.  An Implementation Team is an organized and active group that supports the implementation, sustainability, and scale-up of usable innovations by integrating the use of implementation stages, drivers and improvement cycles.  Forming an Implementation Team does not require new staff to engage in the work of implementation. Many times existing positions or teams can be repurposed to achieve the functions required of Implementation Teams. Important selection criteria from Implementation Team members are as follows:

  • Implementation Teams consist of a core group of individuals (usually a minimum of 3-5):
  • Who have adequate and dedicated FTE to allocate to implementation activities and supports
  • Who have special expertise with regards to effective innovations (EBPs/EIIs), implementation, and improvement strategies
  • Who are accountable for guiding the overall implementation of an initiative from exploration to full, effective, and sustainable implementation

It is important to note, Implementation Teams are NOT advisory groups or committees or representatives.  They are not groups who provide periodic input (e.g., occasional meetings for decision-making or discussion).  Implementation Teams are actively involved on a daily basis with implementation efforts devoted to assuring the full and effective uses of effective innovations.

The purpose of improving the competency and confidence of staff members is so they can better use effective innovations in their classrooms – where students participate in active learning.  So, let’s begin with an overview of teaming structures in a state educational system that can support full and effective use of usable innovations.