Putting knowledge to work with the ISF Strategy

ISF Strategy Basics

The use of an implementation advisor—an outside expert in improvement and implementation efforts—is the overarching approach for a multifaceted ISF Strategy.

However, additional approaches include the following:

  • Developing tools for quality improvement
  • Organizing implementation team meetings
  • Identifying and preparing champions
  • Assessing for readiness and identifying barriers
  • Conducting local consensus discussions
  • Conducting cyclical small tests of change

ISF Strategy Tools

The ISF Strategy further balances standardization and flexibility by providing ISF facilitators with standardized tools to select from and use as part of each meeting.

ISF Workbook

Helps standardize ISF strategy implementation with five worksheets listing project/staff information as well as providing a method for both visualizing and documenting what takes place during the ISF meetings.

Decisional Balance (DB) Exercise

Used to evoke reasons behind the organization’s decision to implement the evidence-based practice and identify potential barriers.

Past Implementation Effort (PIE) Exercise

Uses past performance to improve future practice by discussing past experience with implementing an innovation and the extent to which the effort was ultimately successful.

Performance Review Evaluation and Planning Exercise (PREP)

Assists with the steps of the process by having the team discuss what is working well, plans for maintaining what is working well, identifying what needs improvement, and plans to enact improvement. Helps standardize the ISF Strategy implementation with five worksheets listing project/staff information as well as providing a method for both visualizing and documenting events during the ISF meetings.

Implementation Climate Evaluation (ICE) Exercise

Helps standardize an advisor/facilitator’s process of evaluating the implementation climate for the intervention. Helps develop plans to improve or maintain an optimal implementation climate.

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