Module 4: Implementation Stages

Welcome to the Active Implementation Module Series. This module provides an overview of Implementation Stages.  Implementation Stages provide guidance to Teams on their journey to implement selected programs and practices.  For applied purposes and illustration, the module uses state and local educational systems as context.

Learning Objectives

After this module, you should be able to:

Knowledge Objectives

  • Define the 4 Stages of Implementation
  • Summarize the rationales for attending to Stages of Implementation
  • Identify Stages tools available for review and stage-based planning

Practice Objectives

  • Using the District Initiative Inventory, review past and current implementation practices
  • Discuss a current or pending program through the lens of the Hexagon tool
  • Complete a gap analysis for one stage of one initiative  using the Stages of Implementation Analysis Tool


  • EBP – Evidence Based Program (or Practice)
  • EII – Evidence Informed Innovation

Module Content Structure

This Module’s content is structured via three categories:

  • Definitions – content that describes the meaning of an Active Implementation concept
  • Rationale – content that provides a reason for doing something
  • Key Functions – content that provides an overview of the specific components and actions related to the Active Implementation concept (in this module, we will be discussing the key functions related to Implementation Stages, and examples of their use in education)

Module 1 Table of Contents