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Management Factors for Successful Program Implementation

The evaluation team assessing California’s Safe and Supportive Schools project utilized a research approach that included an assessment of the extent that school grantees were adopting research supported management practices. Drawing on several recent research sources, including the work of Dean Fixsen in Implementation Research: A Synthesis of the Literature, the team developed a simplified list of practices that are most relevant to the work of S3 grantees.

The Management Factors for Successful Program Implementation provides concise insights into the practices that are most important to program success. These factors have proven to be highly correlated with successful program implementation. For example, several studies have demonstrated that programs that do not include coaching, monitoring, and ongoing reminders in their staff training approaches have nearly 90% failure rates. This document can serve as a useful check-list for program managers, leading to the identification of areas where management practices can be improved.