Race and Equity in Statewide Implementation Programs: An Application of the Policy Ecology of Implementation Framework
Although the literature is growing regarding large-scale, system-wide implementation programs, the broader political and social contexts, including race and ethnicity, are frequently ignored. Using the Policy Ecology of Implementation framework (Raghavan et al., Implement Sci 3:26, 2008), Minnesota’s CEMIG is examined to investigate the role of social and political contexts in the implementation process and the barriers they create. Data from 22 interview transcripts from DHS administrators, agency grant managers, university educators, advocacy group representatives, and mental health board members, along with more than 1000 grant documents were qualitatively analyzed using content analysis to reveal three themes concerning how the participants experienced program implementation: invisibility, isolation, and inequity. Findings demonstrate the participants perceived that the grant program perpetuated inequities by neglecting to promote the program, advocate for clinicians of color, and coordinate isolated policy ecology systems. Strategies for future large-scale, system-wide mental health program implementation are provided.
Aby, M. J. (2020). Race and Equity in Statewide Implementation Programs: An Application of the Policy Ecology of Implementation Framework. Adm Policy Ment Health, 47(6), 946-960. doi:10.1007/s10488-020-01033-2