How Technical Assistance Providers Can Advance Equity in Implementation
The Collaborative for Implementation Practice at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work recently released its Equitable Implementation Guide. The resource explains how to provide technical assistance (TA) that helps social change leaders use implementation science to improve the lives of children, young people and families in a way that also advances equity.
The publication is a companion piece to Bringing Equity to Implementation, a special supplement to the Stanford Social Innovation Review, which provides lessons for integrating the perspectives and leadership of communities into the policies and practices meant to serve them. Both resources were produced with funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Centering on the six essential factors of equitable implementation identified in the earlier publication, the Equitable Implementation Guide is geared toward technical assistance providers. As they work with communities, agencies and funders, the guide can assist them in developing strategies that advance equity in the implementation of social programs.
The guide contains three practical tools:
- A Technical Assistance Provider Reflection Tool allows providers to reflect and assess their own capacity to partner effectively with communities and funders to advance equitable implementation.
- An Equitable Implementation Practice Resource offers suggestions and resources for providers interested in putting equitable implementation into action with community partners and organizations, based on the ten recommendations identified in the special supplement’s closing article, “Equitable Implementation at Work.”
- A Technical Assistance Provider and Funding Agency Partnership Reflection Guide helps providers align their efforts to advance equitable implementation at any stage — either on their own or with funders.
“With their expertise and ability to influence partners and processes, TA providers play an important role in our continuing focus on expanding equitable practices for children, youth and families,” says Ilene Berman, director of Casey’s Evidence-Based Practice Group. “This guide will help them reflect and act with an intentional emphasis on equity in all their work to facilitate change.”