A New Housing-Focused Framework
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) defines implementation as the use of strategies to adopt and integrate evidence-based…interventions and change practice patterns within specific settings (U.S. DHHS, 2013, Research Terms section, para. 4).
This definition recognizes that implementing a program or initiative may be complicated, specifically mentioning adopt, integrate, and change and incorporating the use of strategies. Essentially, implementation is the multi-step process of moving an evidence-based practice into routine practice through the use of concrete supports.
Implementation Strategies & Frameworks
Support for the implementation of new practices takes two basic forms: implementation strategies and implementation frameworks. While there is some overlap between the two, frameworks typically have an underlying theory and are broader in scale, while strategies are typically more discrete in nature and offer specific approaches to the implementation of a practice.
(from Selecting and Implementing Evidence-Based Practices: A Guide for Child and Family Serving Systems, Walsh, C., Rolls Reutz, J., & Williams, R. (2015). (2nd ed.). San Diego, CA: California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare.)
To read more: Implementation Guide-April 2015