Leading in Times of Change: 
How To Use Implementation Science
to Maximize Outcomes

with Vestena Robbins, PhD

Eastern Kentucky University & The Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health,
Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, Outcome Transformation and Education Branch

July 15, 2013, 9:00 AM -3:30 PM
Henry Clay High School
2100 Fontaine Rd., Lexington, KY 40502

Up to 5 Hours of EILA Credit Available

Only $30 with Fee Waivers Available
(Fee waived for current and past EDL students and current and past UK Next Generation Leadership Academy districts)

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Morning Session: Using Implementation Science to Maximize Outcomes

While our knowledge of evidence-based practices has increased in recent years, the science related to effectively implementing, sustaining, and taking these practices to scale has lagged sorely behind, resulting in less than positive outcomes. The lack of effective implementation strategies contributes to this research-to-practice gap.
Fortunately, the field of implementation science is now being applied to education and human services arenas. In this session, participants will be oriented to the field of implementation science and the importance of taking a more a purposeful, active, and effective approach to build implementation capacity.

The following active implementation frameworks will be discussed:

  • The “WHAT”
    • Effective Practices – Selecting effective and appropriate interventions and approaches
  • The “HOW”:
    • Implementation Stages – Conducting stage-appropriate implementation activities
    • Implementation Drivers – Developing core components to support an implementation infrastructure
    • Policy-Practice Feedback Loops – Connecting policy to practice to reduce barriers to high-fidelity implementation
  • The “WHO”
    • Expert Implementation Support – Providing implementation support through program developers, purveyors, and implementation teams

Afternoon Session: Leadership in Times of Change

Building on the morning session, the afternoon will be a hands-on workshop in which participants will have the opportunity to work with practical tools and strategies that are critical for the leadership of change efforts.
Participants will:

  • be introduced to effective leadership styles;
  • learn how to choose the right leadership style for different contexts and situations;
  • learn about the work of Ron Heifetz on technical versus adaptive challenges; and
  • practice the principles for leading adaptive work.

Participants will exit the workshop with skills they can apply to their own work environments.

About Vestena Robbins, PhD

Dr. Robbins is an Associate Director within the Training Resource Center at Eastern Kentucky University and on contract with the Outcome Transformation and Education Branch within the Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities.

She is a leading expert on program implementation and scaling in complex regional and statewide initiatives focused on education and social services, including use of evidence-based practices and program evaluation.

Dr. Robbins is a member of the International Evidence-Based Practices Consortium, is on the editorial board of the Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, and taught an online course in Program Planning and Implementation in the University of South Florida’s Children’s Mental Health Graduate Certificate Program.

Dr. Robbins received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Berea College, a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from the University of South Florida, and a doctorate in Child and Family Policy from the University of South Florida. She completed the Children’s Mental Health Graduate Certificate Program through the University of South Florida in 2008.