The critical role of state agencies in the age of evidence-based approaches: the challenge of new expectations

M.K. Van Dyke, S.F. Naoom

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Evidence-based approaches only benefit individuals when fully and effectively implemented. Since funding and monitoring alone will not ensure the full and effective implementation of effective strategies, state agencies have the opportunity to assess and modify current roles, functions, and policies to align with the requirements of evidence-based strategies. Based on a growing body of knowledge to guide effective implementation processes, state agencies, or designated partner organizations, can develop the capacity, mechanisms, and infrastructure to effectively implement evidence-based strategies. This article describes a framework that can guide this process. Informed by the literature and shaped by “real-world experience,” the Active Implementation Frameworks provide a stage-matched approach to purposeful, active, and effective implementation. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-58
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Evidence-Informed Social Work
Issue number1
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Jun 2015


  • dissemination
  • evidence-based programs
  • implementation
  • implementation capacity
  • implementation framework
  • organizational change
  • expectation
  • funding
  • monitoring
  • organization
  • cooperation
  • government
  • human
  • information dissemination
  • organization and management
  • program development
  • social work
  • standards
  • cooperative behavior
  • government agencies
  • humans
  • organizational innovation
  • state government


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