In recent months we have talked a lot about virtual implementation of evidence-based programs. Re-opening plans for schools and community-based youth organizations have been varied and challenging. Conditions have changed frequently and at times abruptly.
To address these complexities, and with fidelity and quality delivery of EBPs in mind, we have developed implementation strategies and tools that will help you plan and prepare for a successful virtual implementation.
Steps to consider
- Investigate what the implementation conditions are at the implementation site – use the preparation checklist to plan and prepare for virtual or hybrid implementation.
- Use the EBP templates to develop your virtual presentation. Templates have just been updated. Find the template for each synchronous module below:
Visit the website for information about how to access and use the asynchronous templates.
- Complete the virtual implementation plan to document how you modify the program and adapt to specific site conditions. You may have to do a different plan for each site.
- Send the virtual implementation plan to your ACT TA provider for review and discussion.
- Once approved, you can start implementing and refer to the virtual implementation plan when you enter cycle data into the ORS.
Virtual presentations are quite different from in-person presentations.
In our recent virtual presentations skills workshops we identified and discussed lots of potential technical and personal delivery issues. We highly recommend that presenters prepare thoroughly and practice. Consider building in time for an extra introductory session with young people to do warm-up or team-building activities and practice the interactive features of the platform you are using. Young people may not be familiar with some of these features. Interacting and communicating via technology may take more time than you may expect. We recommend adding 2-3 extra sessions to your EBP implementation schedule.
Here are two additional tools to help you plan and prepare:
Let us know if you have any questions.