What steps will you take to put your plan into action?

You have a plan – now it’s time to implement.

Taking a systematic approach

Using your theory of change and Implementation Plan, you will systematically integrate client perspectives, research and evidence to begin working towards better outcomes.

Monitoring is fundamental

By regularly gathering feedback and reviewing data as you implement, you will find out if and how your activities are achieving results. You may need to make adjustments if things aren’t going to plan.

Remember: Managing the expectations of staff, clients and the community is important, particularly in the likely event that this will take longer than planned!

Reflect and review

Effective practice is supported by a process of learning and continuous improvement: regularly take time out to Reflect and Review all the way through!

It is good practice to set up regular ‘check-in’ points to consider the data you have collected and how it can be used to strengthen your program or service. Start by asking:

  • What happened?
  • So what?
  • Now what?

Here are some Reflect and Review tools to get you started.

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These resources can help you through the 'Implement' phase:


Implementing evidence-informed practice: a practical toolkit

Mental Health, Tool/toolkit

This toolkit by the Ontario Centre for Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health provides a comprehensive framework and tools to kick start the implementation process.


Key Factors For Implementation


This tool by the Ontario Centre for Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health helps to comprehensively assess both the internal and external factors that may impact implementation.


Implementation Stages Action Plan


This action plan from the National Implementation and Research Institute provides a handy way to identify the next steps in implementing your program.