Who We Are
Founded in 2005, The Institute for Innovation & Implementation (The Institute) is a part of the University of Maryland’s School of Social Work. Our faculty and staff have nationally recognized expertise and leadership in the fields of children’s behavioral health; systems of care; clinical practice; care management; Medicaid, managed care, and financing; child welfare, juvenile justice, and public child- and family-serving systems; parent, infant, and early childhood development and mental health; housing and homelessness; LGBTQ youth and young adults; evidence-based and promising practices; policy analysis and development; and, developing and disseminating adult online learning content. We are committed to supporting children, youth, young adults, and families to be healthy and successful within their homes and communities.
What We Do
The Institute provides training, technical assistance, facilitation, analysis, consulting, implementation support, and translational research and evaluation for and with federal, state, and local governments; community organizations; and, providers.
We utilize peer-reviewed research, experience and expertise from the field, adult learning theory, and implementation science to support workforce development, systems design and financing initiatives, data-driven strategic planning, value-based and research-informed practice, quality improvement, and implementation readiness.
We partner with governments, communities, and organizations to develop and implement actionable, effective, and sustainable designs, solutions, and interventions to support children, youth, young adults, and their families.
Examples of our work include:
- Training, coaching, and implementation support using in-person and online resources and technology across subject areas;
- Conducting local, state, and national evaluations and a variety of research initiatives;
- Developing regulations, white papers, strategic plans, Medicaid State Plan amendments, training manuals, curricula, grant applications, requests for proposals, and journal articles;
- Serving as a developer and intermediary of evidence-based, research-informed, and promising practices;
- Translating data to guide and inform child- and family-serving agencies in their efforts to improve implementation of initiatives and outcomes;
- Facilitating strategic planning processes and convening and hosting training institutes and conferences;
- Providing policy and financing guidance and analysis; and,
- Managing grants, contracts, and multi-state initiatives