AI Modules

AI Modules are short (45-60 minute) online modules designed to be self-paced, or blended with in pre-service and in-service training. They include content, activities and assessments designed to promote the knowledge and practice of implementation science and scaling-up.

AI Lessons

AI Lessons are very short (5-15 minute), interactive web presentations designed to help you and your team get started and get better with Active Implementation. They focus on specific implementation tools and practices and can be viewed online for self-paced learning or used for professional development in a team setting.

AI Short Courses

AI Short Courses are interactive online short courses. Each course includes content, practice and assessment components and lasts about an hour.

Module 1: An Overview of Active Implementation

Learn about the five Active Implementation Frameworks and the potential to apply them in your setting.


Module 2: Implementation Drivers

This overview of the Implementation Drivers is designed to help you think about developing and sustaining the infrastructure you need to improve and sustain new instructional practices and behavior supports so that academic and behavioral outcomes improve.


Module 3: Implementation Teams

Implementation Teams support the implementation, sustainability, and scale-up of usable interventions by integrating the use of implementation stages, drivers and improvement cycles. This module is designed to assist new and existing Implementation Teams in actively building capacity and scaling-up programs and innovations.


Module 4: Implementation Stages

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.


Module 5: Improvement Cycles

Improvement Cycles support the purposeful process of change. Implementation Teams use Improvement Cycles to change on purpose. In this module you will learn about Improvement Cycles and how to begin applying them in your setting.


Module 6: Usable Interventions

Usable Interventions are effective and well‐operationalized.  An intervention needs to be teachable, learnable, doable, and readily assessed in practice if it is to be used effectively to reach all students who could benefit. After this module you will be able to describe the criteria that define a usable intervention and understand how Usable Interventions interact with Implementation Drivers. Applied emphasis is placed on using the criteria for implementation action planning.


Module 7: Fidelity Assessment

Fidelity assessment is defined as indicators of doing what is intended. This definition requires a) knowing what is intended, and b) having some way of knowing the extent to which a person did what was intended. Knowing what is intended is the subject of the Module 6: Usable Intervention. Knowing the extent to which a person did what was intended is the subject of this Module.



Implementation Quick Start

This 5-minute presentation provides a quick overview of Implementation Science and the National Implementation Research Network's Active Implementation Frameworks.


Lesson 1: The Hexagon Tool

The Hexagon Tool helps states, districts, and schools systematically evaluate new and existing interventions via six broad factors: needs, fit, resource availability, evidence, readiness for replication and capacity to implement.


Lesson 2: Usable Interventions

After this lesson you will be able to: identify four criteria that distinguish a usable intervention, identify the implementation stage at which the fit of intervention is assessed and select and employ appropriate tools and processes for assessing the fit of an intervention.


Lesson 3: Practice Profiles

Practice profiles enable a program to be teachable, learnable, and doable in typical human service settings. In this lesson you will learn to: identify the purpose of a practice profile, identify critical areas for successful practice profile development, identify levels of performance for a NIRN practice profile, and employ the practice profile process to operationalize your program or intervention.


Lesson 4: Creating A Training Plan

This lesson provides a quick overview of the Training Plan Template, a planning tool designed to help guide your Team’s planning process in developing a training program. This tool can be used to guide discussions around rationale, core components, knowledge, skills, outcomes and assessment.


Lesson 5: Coaching System Development Worksheet

This lesson provides a quick overview of the Coaching System Development Worksheet along with research and rationales supporting the use of coaching to build your implementation capacity. The Coaching System Development Worksheet can be used to initiate those early discussions about the importance of coaching and the facilitative supports administrators need to consider to ensure a systemic commitment to coaching.

Lesson 6: The PDSA Cycle

This online lesson describes the key components in each PDSA Cycle phase and identifies why and when PDSA Cycles are used for rapid cycle problem solving in active implementation.  After the lesson, you should be able to apply a PDSA Cycle to engage in rapid cycle problem solving as a Team.

Lesson 7: Stages of Implementation Analysis: Where are we?

This online lesson describes the key functions of the Stages of Implementation Analysis planning tool and high level activities related to the stages of implementation.  After the lesson, you should be able to use the tool to evaluate your stage-based work and create a stage-based action plan using data gathered from the tool.

Lesson 8: Coaching Service Delivery Plan

Most skills needed by successful instructional staff can be introduced in training but really are learned on the job with the help of coaching.  Coaching not only expands the knowledge and skills taught in training, but also builds competence and confidence in delivering the innovation.


The District Capacity Assessment

The DCA is an action assessment designed to help educational district leaders and staff better align resources with intended outcomes and develop action plans to support for the use of effective innovations. To gain access to the online tool (at, participants must first complete online training (approximately 1 hour). 


Modules and Lessons