Step 6: Prepare to implement

You have done all the hard work of planning your evidence-based program (EBP).

Use these tools and resources to ensure that the program is delivered in the way you intend.


Step 6 resources

This guide highlights key considerations when launching an evidence-based program in practice.


The sections on installing and monitoring the program (starting on page 13) may be particularly helpful as you plan for implementation.

This example work plan showcases the activities, people responsible, resources, timeline, and measures of progress needed to achieve the objectives of the Body and Soul program, an evidence-based program to improve healthy eating behaviors in faith-based organizations.

The Implementation Team Charter created by Population Health Improvement Partners provides a template for formal documentation of project aims, objectives, measures, deliverables, and scope.


This template also provides space for an organization to outline staff roles, leadership support, and plans for stakeholder engagement.

The Organizational Readiness Checklist created by the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network helps organizations assess their capacity to implement EBPs. 


This checklist helps organizations determine their level of EBP implementation readiness in a variety of areas, including staffing, training, recruitment, program adaptation, and program implementation. 

This CDC Effective Interventions planning worksheet is designed for organizations to document progress in completing the major tasks required for pre-implementation, implementation, maintenance, and monitoring and evaluation of an evidence-based program.


This worksheet is based on the  Mpowerment program, an HPV prevention program tailored to the needs and experiences of young gay and bisexual men. While this worksheet provides a roadmap for implementation, it allows for significant flexibility in adapting the program to community needs.

This workbook from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers step-by-step considerations for planning and implementing an evidence-based program.


Topics include:

  • Capturing key information about the practice or program
  • Planning for implementation
  • Identifying and engaging key stakeholders
  • Financing the program
  • Delivering training and consultation
  • Taking a continuous quality improvement perspective
  • Making workforce considerations
  • Leading the implementation