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This report, written by Rhona Gaynor, Peter Thomas and Andrew Templeman and published by CES in 2017, tells the story of how the Youth Mental Health Pathfinder introduced new ways of working in Ireland’s Department of Health, based on collaborative problem solving. The report also contains practical information about tools and processes which were used to support collaboration and problem solving. While the Pathfinder process focused on youth mental health, the report offers guidance and invaluable resources for any public servant involved in tackling complex problems which require a collaborative approach.
This implementation stages tool was adapted by CES, with permission, from the work of the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) in the USA. It outlines the four stages of implementation in the Active Implementation Framework and provides examples of key activities at each stage. It also provides a template for stakeholders to analyse their own progress on the key activities suggested, as well as additional ones identified specifically for their policy or programme. This tool will be useful for policymakers, service providers and practitioners involved at any stage of the implementation process.