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Efforts to make change through legislation alone have a limited impact on system outcomes. Agency heads and legislators must consider how they craft, structure, and design legislation for success. Our Implementation Impact Tool will help you do that.

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This study and implementation science research review analyzes five years of one state’s criminal legal legislation to argue that without effective implementation through building capacity and infrastructure, legislatively mandated changes and reforms will continue to produce inconsistent and limited results.

To create socially significant change, isolated programs and incremental improvements are insufficient. To demonstrate the importance of implementation, this article outlines how to use the 5 Dynamics of Effective Implementation as a lens to view your work.

George Mason University completed a survey on Department of Corrections staff who participated in ACJI’s Implementation Leadership Academy.  The results proved that respondent’s improved their ability to adapt to change and apply new thinking to proactively navigate change.

This toolkit can be used as a guide to optimize your team’s multi-disciplinary case staffing process to address reentry needs and improve outcomes. This set of tools can help reentry and supervision organizations enhance workflow, efficiently allocate resources, and elevate collaboration.

The rate of change and complexity for leaders in the public sector is accelerating. This article argues that in order to meet these new demands, understanding of evidence based practices alone is insufficient. Leaders must build their Implementation Leadership skills. These 10 Essential Principles are based on the science of implementation and organizational change.

This toolkit, published with the Latino Coalition for Community Leadership, provides guidance on the common features of impactful reentry programs including research driven principles, effective implementation strategies, and the role of an intermediary organization to increase collective impact for community led reform initiatives.

ACJI’s Five Dynamics of Effective Implementation™ translates the science of implementation into practical strategies for justice and human service organizations. As community and justice innovators apply the science behind effective implementation, a new era of more effective human service can emerge. 

As agencies struggle to meet staffing and programming needs, peer mentoring programs foster a dynamic exchange of knowledge and skills and elevate the potential for success in community reentry. This toolkit provides easy-to-implement strategies, customizable templates, and step-by-step guides to support the possibilities that exist when we intentionally implement programs led by people with lived expertise and experience.