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Implementation Academies

Virtual and in-person Implementation Academies bring together small delegations of state and territory participants to focus on strategic plan priorities.

Implementation Academies bring states and territories together to receive intensive technical assistance focused on strategic plan priorities. The Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Technical Assistance (SMVF TA) Center works with small delegations of state and territory participants to determine optimal ways to implement best practices and define success. Each Implementation Academy targets a specific topic, connects teams with subject matter experts, and promotes peer-to-peer sharing.

Key Objectives

Implementation Academy participants focus on the following key objectives:

  • Deepening understanding of and familiarity with a specific issue
  • Gaining an understanding of promising, best, and evidence-based practices to address the issue
  • Increasing knowledge about the challenges and lessons learned in implementing strategies through state-to-state sharing
  • Expanding the components of existing strategic plans that focus on the issue, including defining assignments, deadlines, and measurable outcomes to be reported

Implementation Academy Process

Step One: Orientation Call

During step one, each state and territory team lead:

  • Receives an overview of the Implementation Academy from SMVF TA Center staff
  • Begins identifying specific implementation issues
  • Discusses delegation selection

Step Two: Web-based Prep Sessions

During step two, all state and territory delegations and all team delegates:

  • Participate in web-based technical assistance sessions with a subject matter expert
  • Prepare for Implementation Academy work
  • Complete “homework” assignments

Step Three: Implementation Academy

During step three, all state and territory delegations and all team delegates:

  • Convene in a single location
  • Participate in intensive team work sessions
  • Review progress and identify gaps
  • Share innovations and best practices
  • Receive onsite technical assistance
  • Refine action plan with timelines and measurable outcomes

Step Four: Individualized TA

During step four, state and territory teams and all team delegates:

  • Receive tailored technical assistance to promote follow-through
  • Adapt best practices and strategies
  • Review, capture, and monitor outcome data

Virtual Implementation Academies

A Virtual Implementation Academy is a blend of virtual and onsite technical assistance designed to coordinate plan implementation strategy among state and territory participants. Like in-person Implementation Academies, Virtual Implementation Academies target a specific topic, involve subject matter expert help (at every stage of the implementation process), and promote peer-to-peer sharing.

The Virtual Implementation Academy process is the same as the Implementation Academy process, except for step three. During step three, all state and territory delegations and all team delegates:

  • Convene in multiple locations local to their state or territory (for example, the Virginia team gathers at a conference room in Richmond, while at the same time, the Illinois team gathers at a conference room in Chicago, and so on)
  • Receive professional assistance at each site
  • Connect with each other and participate in presentations virtually

Past Implementation Academies

Previous Implementation Academies have explored the following topics:

  • Advancing Suicide Prevention Best Practices in Peer Support for SMVF (Virtual)
  • Substance Use Disorders: Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery (Virtual)
  • Military and Veterans’ Families
  • Justice-involved Service Members and Veterans
  • Suicide Prevention for Service Members, Veterans, and their Families
Last Updated: 09/14/2017