Centering Equity in Your Work: A Guide for Equitable Implementation

Our team had the tremendous privilege of co-editing a special supplement to the Stanford Social Innovation Review titled Bringing Equity to Implementation, which was published in the spring of 2021. Articles featured in the supplement provide case studies detailing how implementation science was explicitly used to advance equity. They also highlight strategies used with communities that provide important lessons about equity for the implementation science field.

We closed the supplement with ten recommendations to advance equitable implementation and were almost immediately faced with an implementation conundrum: How could we help others put the recommendations into practice? Many of our partners gave us feedback that the recommendations were helpful, but only to a point. For example, no one doubted the value of “address issues of social justice,” but it needed more than a sentence-or-two description. To be truly actionable, each recommendation would benefit from further operationalization so that technical assistance providers, implementation support practitioners, and others who support change efforts would have a bit of a roadmap for how to enact the recommendations.

And that, readers, is the origin story of the Equitable Implementation Guide. With additional feedback and thought partnership, what started as a companion piece to the recommendations expanded to include reflections tools for technical assistance providers, who may sometimes find themselves isolated in their work. Reflecting on our own position, power and capacity and partnering effectively with funders to address power differentials is critical to authentically centering equity in our work.

The Equitable Implementation Guide includes three resources:

  • The Technical Assistance Provider Reflection Tool can be used by TA providers to reflect and assess their own capacity to partner effectively with communities and funders to advance equitable implementation.
  • The Equitable Implementation Practice Resource provides suggestions and resources for each of the ten recommendations. It can be used by TA providers who are interested in implementing these recommendations with community partners and organizations.
  • The Technical Assistance Provider & Funding Agency Partnership Reflection Guide can be used by a TA provider working with a funding agency, such as a public agency, private donor, or private foundation. The TA provider may choose to complete this reflection guide independently to inform future discussions with a funder, or collaboratively with a funding partner.


We are deeply grateful to those who helped to support the development of the Equitable Implementation Guide: the authors of the supplement articles; colleagues at The Annie E. Casey Foundation; JustPartners; and members of the Trohanis Technical Assistance Projects team at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute.

This guide is by no means an exhaustive resource on equitable implementation. We continue to learn from the communities and partners we work with about how to support equitable implementation and strive to uplift the voices of others who are engaged in this work. We hope the Equitable Implementation Guide serves as a useful resource in your work and encourage you to connect with us. We look forward to learning alongside you!

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Marita Brack is the Associate Director for Psychology within NHS Education for Scotland, and has worked as a Clinical Psychologist for 25 years. Her clinical work has principally been within specialist mental health services for children, young people and their families, both in Scotland and Australia. Marita has also worked within university settings in relation to the training of Applied Psychologists, and was the Clinical Practice Director on the MSc in Applied Psychology for Children and Young People, delivered in partnership between the NHS and the University of Edinburgh. Marita joined NES in 2010 as the Head of Programme for the Parenting and Infant Mental Health workstream, within the Psychology Directorate, and through this role has led on the development and implementation of several strands of work, including the Psychology of Parenting Project (PoPP), the NES Infant Mental Health training plan, the Early Intervention Framework, and most recently Marita has been co-leading on the implementation of the Enhanced Psychological Practice-Children and Young People certificate level course that has been created within NES. Marita has a long-standing interest in early intervention and prevention approaches to strengthening mental health and wellbeing, evidence-based parent-child relationship interventions and public health. 

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