“Use of an Implementation Ladder”
(when driving change)
I mentioned in my most recent post that when implementing any new initiative, it is essential to have a clear vision and set of goals. This is not only important as the Coordinator/Chairperson of a committee or area of improvement, but also allows the whole team and staff to keep track of progress and see where you are heading. It keeps you focused as a team when trying to organise meetings and helps to ensure that nothing gets overlooked.
I initially made use of an Implementation Ladder when doing PBS (Positive Behaviour Support) work and found it to be so successful in assisting in implementation that I created a similar approach when implementing a mental health initiative at my school. As a small school, we lacked the ability to create another committee, so I approached some members of our community in order to develop a Community Mental Health Action Team. At the time I was utilising Mind Matters & Kids Matters in order to create change in the community and school. The resources and information available were amazing, but I lacked a clear direction as to where to start and what had to be covered. As a result, I decided to create my own Implementation Ladder to guide us through the process as a committee.
I found once I had used this process numerous times with success, it became my starting point for all new initiatives. The process of putting the document together means that I examine all of the focus areas that need to be covered at the onset. I take key generic and successful processes and apply them across all implementation ladders and then research available resources and frameworks in order to put together the remainder of the implementation ladder effectively. I can then use the document as both a planning tool, but also for reflective data to keep track of our achievements. This process has been pivotal to my success as a Chairperson of many committees, and has allowed me to maintain a feeling of control when determining what needs to be achieved.
Please download the free resource available on this page to see an example of implementation ladders I have utilised for behaviour, mental health and national framework implementation. If you have any questions about how they work or how I can work with you to create your own localised implementation ladder please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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