2. What are the criteria for a successful implementation of the new practice?
Once you have selected a new evidence-informed method, you need to think about the process of implementing it. Once again, there are general principles that can make implementation more likely to succeed.
- Clarity around key aspects of the process: Be clear about what and who needs to change. Target your implementation strategies at the right groups of people, plan the process of change in phases and clearly assess the resource implications of the change you are planning to implement.
- Early involvement of staff and service users: The people who will be delivering the changes in practice need to be consulted as early as possible in the planning stage. It is a good idea to involve colleagues at all levels and also include people who will be receiving the service.
- Education and training: A change in practice needs to be accompanied by an effective information, education and training plan.
- Resources: Sufficient resources will increase the chances of successful implementation.
- Timely communication: Keeping people informed about the process and progress of the implementation is an important way to establish and maintain buy-in for the change process.