Over the years The Bouverie Centre has worked with a variety of human service organisations to improve the quality of care they deliver to their clients and their families and social networks. In the 1990’s we developed a particular interest in addressing the challenge of achieving real and sustained practice change at a sector or system level via state-wide training programs or service development initiatives such as the 'Get Together FaST' program. 'Get Together FaST' emphasised the engagement of stakeholders and participants working together to develop projects that would improve the operation of their organisations.
In the past ten years we have embarked on a series of multi-site implementation projects. These large scale improvement strategies have primarily aimed to assist sectors to adopt practices which improve service responsiveness to families. We have also worked collaboratively with service systems to foster the uptake of other practice innovations such as Single Session Work, cross sector collaboration and a program to reduce discrimination and bullying.
The Beacon Strategy is an evolving methodological approach to achieving sector wide practice change. It is grounded in our workforce development experience and in the emerging field of implementation science that looks beyond training to consider the range of complex factors that must be considered when attempting to introduce a new practice into a setting (Greenhalgh, et al., 2004; Damschroder et al., 2009). Inherent in the title is the notion that sites actively seeking to embed a new practice are a beacon for the sector, shedding light on how services can effectively implement new ways of working with their clients and their families. As a continuously evolving methodology, The Bouverie Centre and our partner services approach each new project as an opportunity to learn more about implementation, with the aim over time of becoming more effective and efficient in achieving large scale practice change.
While components of the approach are customised to fit each particular service system, The Beacon Strategy involves the following key elements:
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Damschroder, L.J., Aron, D. C., Keith R.E., Kirsh, S. R., Alexander, J.A., & Lowery, J.C. (2009) Fostering implementation of health services research findings into practice: a consolidated framework for advancing implementation science. Open Access: http://www.implementationscience.com/content/4/1/50
Greenhalgh, T., Robert, G., Macfarlane, F., Bate, P., & Kyriakidou, O. (2004). Diffusion of Innovations in Service Organizations: Systematic Review and Recommendations. The Milbank Quarterly, 82(4), 581-629.
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