The Equitable Implementation Guide is designed to help technical assistance (TA) providers, implementation support practitioners, and others who are interested in equitable implementation to center and advance equity throughout their work with communities, organizations, and funders. More specifically, it can be used to promote reflection among TA providers, the communities in which they work, and their funders, and provides practical tools for equitable implementation practice.
The guide is a companion piece to the case examples and practice evidence described in the Stanford Social Innovation Review special supplement, Bringing Equity to Implementation. The supplement lifted up six essential factors for equitable implementation, which are foundational to the guide:
- Build trusting relationships
- Dismantle power structures
- Invest and make decisions to advance equity
- Develop community-defined evidence
- Make adaptations
- Engage in critical perspectives on implementation science across contexts.
By attending to the six domains of equitable implementation, we hope that TA providers—and others who support implementation—are better equipped to advance equitable outcomes in their work.
The Equitable Implementation Guide includes three resources:
- The Technical Assistance Provider Reflection Tool can be used by TA providers to reflect on 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 the ten recommendations for putting equitable implementation into action identified in the 2021 article, “Equitable Implementation at Work.” 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.
This guide is by no means an exhaustive resource on equitable implementation. At CIP, we are continuing to learn more about how to support equitable implementation and strive to uplift the voices of others who are engaged in this work. We encourage you to connect with us and look forward to learning alongside you.