Putting evidence to work: a school's guide to implementation
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Professor Jonathan Sharples, Bianca Albers and Stephen Fraser

Recommendations for schools on how to manage effective implementation. Identifies the foundations to ensure that schools manage change and implementation well. Proposes that implementation is be treated as a process, not an event, and suggests it should be planned and executed in stages i.e.explore, prepare, deliver, sustain as follows:

  • Create a leadership environment and school climate that is conducive to good implementation. 
  • On using the approach for the first time, support staff, monitor progress, solve problems and adapt strategies.
  • Define the problem you want to solve and identify appropriate programmes or practices to implement.
  • Create a clear implementation plan, judge the readiness of the school to deliver that plan, then prepare staff and resources. 
  • Plan for sustaining and scaling an intervention from the outset and continuously acknowledge and nurture its use.

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Professor Jonathan Sharples, Bianca Albers and Stephen Fraser

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Education Endowment Foundation (EEF)

Date of publication:
February 2018

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Describes and demystifies the professional practice of implementation - documenting the steps effective schools take to manage change well.


Record ID:
R460 / 548
Link to research:
Putting evidence to work

Associated coverage:
Research Schools Network

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