Installation Phase

Phases of Implementation:  1. Exploration  >  2. Installation  >  3. Initial Implementation  >  4. Full Implementation  >  5. Sustainability

Preparing your site to launch Too Good requires the examination and strengthening of the structural and functional components necessary to deliver the program with success.  The following tasks and activities will help prepare your site and build confidence to implement Too Good with fidelity.

Installation Outcomes:

  • An Implementation Team has committed to guide the implementation process with adherence to the Too Good Fidelity Model and Too Good Core Components.
  • The Implementation Coordinator has received Too Good Curriculum and Too Good Implementation Training.
  • Too Good lesson facilitators have received Too Good curriculum training.
  • Program materials, equipment, and space have been secured.
  • Coaching and technical assistance has been arranged.
  • Monitoring and fidelity systems are in place.
  • Communication protocols are in place to support ongoing buy-in, updates, and implementation.

 

Installation Goals and Activities

 

Goal 1: Establish an Implementation Team

Implementation Teams establish a supportive environment, facilitate the implementation process, build communication and feedback loops, prepare facilitators, and develop a site plan and communication plan for putting Too Good programs in place.  Implementation Teams typically consist of three or more full-time professionals who understand the Too Good programs, prevention education, fidelity of implementation, and organization change. 

Your Implementation Team should include a member of the administrative staff who can authorize preparations and necessary tasks and changes for Too Good program installation.  The lead person of the Implementation Team will function as the Implementation Coordinator.

Implementation Coordinator

The Implementation Coordinator, IC, manages the day-to-day activities of the Implementation Team and will serve as its primary contact.  The IC will serve as the nexus for your implementation’s Too Good lesson facilitators, Too Good trainers, the Mendez Foundation, and your funder.  This person should have a working knowledge of the concepts of fidelity of implementation and program dosage.  The IC must be trained in the selected Too Good curricula and Too Good implementation to work collaboratively over time with the Mendez Foundation and lesson facilitators to support implementation fully and with fidelity.  The IC will be tasked with addressing any necessary adaptations with the Mendez Foundation.  The IC will work with the designated professional, usually from the funding source, for a Quality Assurance Review if your program plan requires it.

Implementation Team

Your Implementation Team should include people ready to support the IC and coordinate the following tasks:

  • Identify structural and functional changes for program to be installed (e.g., hiring lesson facilitators if your school is not using existing classroom teachers, classroom space, etc.).
  • Monitor progress, expenditures, performance, and other reporting required by your funding source.
  • Develop communication protocols (e.g., staff orientation meetings, staff meetings, ongoing buy-in and updates with key stakeholders, etc.).
  • Coordinate Too Good Curriculum Training for facilitators.
  • Provide ongoing fidelity of implementation coaching and support.
  • Data collection, analysis, and reporting
  • Lesson delivery monitoring
  • Sustainability planning

Goal 1 Activities:

  • Identify an administrator necessary to support preparations, organizational changes, and election of Implementation Team members.
  • Assign or hire an Implementation Coordinator.
  • Coordinate Too Good Implementation Training for the IC.
  • Assign or hire additional Implementation Team members.
  • Hold an orientation meeting for the Implementation Team to discuss commitment to roles, responsibilities, and tasks for program installation and implementation.

Goal 2: Prepare Site Infrastructure for Implementation

Your site has determined that Too Good is a program fit for your student needs and that your site has the feasibility to implement Too Good.  Your Implementation Team now needs to put the necessary changes in place for success.

Goal 2 Activities:

  • Determine the quarter the first full lesson delivery, including student pre- and post outcome evaluations will occur.
  • Elect or hire Too Good facilitators.
  • Coordinate Too Good curriculum training for facilitators.
  • Ensure classroom space and necessary equipment is available.
  • Distribute program kits, materials, and evaluation tools.

Goal 3: Develop Communication Protocols

Clear and free-flowing communication between the Implementation Team, site staff and facilitators, funders, and other key stakeholders is essential for ongoing buy-in and to quickly solve problems and determine if adjustments to your implementation management support system are necessary.  Keeping key stakeholders informed of the implementation progress and critical changes to the implementation plan will keep your implementation on track and on time to help you maximize performance and outcomes.

Goal 3 Activities:

  • Identify audiences who need to understand, support, and receive ongoing buy-in and updates throughout implementation.
  • Determine messages, materials, and formats appropriate for each audience.
  • Identify potential implementation challenges (resistance to change, inertia, inappropriate program adaptations, staff turn-over, etc.) and your team’s “best practices” response to these challenges.
  • Design meeting schedules for the Implementation Team, administration or other key stakeholders, and lesson facilitators.
  • Establish ongoing coaching, technical assistance, and feedback practices for your Too Good lesson facilitators.

Goal 4: Develop Data Systems, Evaluation, and Monitoring

Data systems for monitoring and evaluating lesson delivery, program fidelity, and student outcomes must be in place before students receive the first Too Good lesson.

Goal 4 Activities:

  • Establish a data system to collect, monitor, and report fidelity and student outcomes.
  • Conduct training to ensure proper use of fidelity and outcome evaluation tools.

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