As a GSPIA student, I noticed a pattern in the case studies we read. In each case, a policy or project is recommended with full stakeholder support; statistical data backs up its claims. Everything seems to point toward project success. But somewhere in the implementation phase, something goes wrong. This pattern was common enough that I decided to study program implementation as a topic. Before this semester-long project, I was unaware of the field of implementation studies, which became a focus of my research. This LibGuide will give future students an idea of where to start their own research on program implementation for policy studies in general and education policy specifically.
I created this guide during the Spring 2017 semester as partial fulfillment of an independent study on program implementation. As of writing, GSPIA does not have a course specifically on implementation, yet in many case studies, implementation seems to be the key to a successful project. Regardless of in-depth planning or good intentions, a project or program has the greatest chance of success with strategic thought about its implementation.