Grey text on this website indicates a link to another relevant lesson learned from successful programs which I have led or provided consultation to, and from other programs that I have learned about. These lessons that do not involve drawing straight lines from research to your practice or outlining simple steps to improve your program but that nonetheless describe other important considerations when developing programs that seek to close gaps in implementation.
Click on any of the lessons below for more information. You can also click here to learn more about how these and other lessons are designed to offer specific, concrete steps that help to guide you are now seeking to improve.
Translating research into effective community practice requires systematic planning and collaboration across researchers, practitioners, and agencies
Developing, improving and expanding services in a coordinated and sustainable way requires time, careful planning, expertise, and leadership
Long-term plans to expand competence or to increase overall capacity must include specific activities to cultivate new experts recruited within the organization
Create tiered professional development programs that tailor the content to the role and the expertise of different staff and different agencies
There is no natural pipeline to create new leaders with the training and experience needed to undertake comprehensive program development
With long-term planning and support, a university can spur capacity by incubating new programs of services and training on behalf of community-based agencies
Weave funding, staffing, and training across all of your partner agencies to control costs, ensure sustainability, and strengthen your coalition
It is hard for parents to speak frankly about the extent of their child's disabilities, and their own concerns. It can be even harder for others to listen
Philanthropists can play a unique and essential role as the funders of incubators and accelerators of new programs of community-based services
Too many people promoting the adoption of new practices focus on new programs of training, ignoring other needed changes in policy and services.
The logo is adapted from Joaquim Alves Gaspar's drawing of Pedro Reinel's compass rose.