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Using Implementation Science to Close the Policy to Practice Gap


Barbara Wilson has co-authored a white paper with Dr. Michelle Duda on the important role of implementation science in making the intended outcomes of policies achievable in practice. This white paper was commissioned by Literate Nation, a national grassroots literacy organization for parents, teachers, and policymakers striving to improve student literacy and education outcomes. 

Using Implementation Science to Close the Policy to Practice Gap is designed to help policymakers and others understand how key principles from the field of implementation science can increase the odds that policies will affect classroom or school practice in the expected way. We know that a core skill needed to succeed in the 21st century is the ability to read, and in order to improve literacy rates and other academic outcomes for students, policymakers and educators should pay attention to the science of implementation, which will help them allocate the time, flexibility, and resources needed so that local practices are implemented in a manner that is consistent with a policy’s intent.

This report is available on Literate Nation’s website. (LINK THE UPDATED PDF THAT SAYS SUMMER 2015)