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Definitional Tools

Definitional Tools are important because they explicitly define what the initiative, program, or intervention is and what is isn't. They:

  • Describe the problem, concern, or issue that is to be addressed, solved, or ameliorated.
  • Explain why and to whom  the concern or issue is important.
  • Provide relevant background information.
  • Provide underlying theories and logic used in taking a particular approach or path.
  • Describe essential meanings, concepts, and philosophies.
  • Articulate the benefits for children, youth, and families.

The Definitional Tools that you create to construct your Implementation Toolkit may be tailored to your county, geographic location, or organizational needs. These  tools may include narratives, fact sheets, talking points, important statistics, and other valuable information that show why the initiative, program, or intervention is important and necessary to improve practice and ultimately outcomes. Here are a few examples of Definitional Tools:

  1. The American Indian Enhancement (AIE) Project (Purpose and Approach) and (Defining the Intervention)
  2. Birth-to-Six Initiative
  3. Family Finding and Engagement
  4. Father Engagement and Father Involvement
  5. Fostering Connections after 18
  6. Team Decision Making

To get started, use this blank template as a guideBackground and Information BlankTemplate 

Logic models are graphic depictions of implementation. They provide a bird's eye view of the implementation process. Here are some examples: