Strategic Prevention Framework

How will we know if this works?

Implementation is the fourth step of the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) process, and it helps communities answer the question: As we implement our planned strategies, how will we know they are doing what we designed them to do? In this step, communities will complete their action plan with a clear presentation of the goals, steps needed to accomplish those goals, and who is responsible for doing what, where, by when. Successful strategies will have a balance of fidelity and adaptation, specific to community resources and needs.

Key things to keep in mind:
  • Develop a separate action plan for each strategy
  • Consider these factors that may impact your action:
    • Constraining factors, such as budget, time, availability, geography and others
    • Staff selection
    • Training
    • Ongoing consultation or coaching needs
    • Plan to assess performance and fidelity
    • How will efforts need support?
    • What history (successes and mistakes) needs to be considered?
    • Maintain engagement of stakeholders
  • What strategies will reach the needed or largest groups of people in our community?
  • Seek consultation and change capacity before changing strategies
  • Make sure to keep the core components of selected effective strategies
  • Be consistent with the research behind the strategies when making adaptations
  • Adapt strategies to ensure they fit with community cultures
  • Develop an evaluation plan, including process and outcome measurement