Mapping the Implementation Landscape: Assessing the Systemic Capacity of Statewide Community Corrections Agencies to Deliver Evidence-Based Practices.

Emily J. Salisbury, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Jody Sundt, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Breanna Boppre, Wichita State University


Treatment quality is a critical moderator for programs to successfully reduce recidivism. Yet the implementation of any new initiative occurs within an organizational context. This study provides results from a process evaluation measuring implementation capacity to deliver evidence-based practices in the state of Oregon. Using the ImpleMap interview procedure, findings from 10 county-level community corrections agencies demonstrated how systemic, actionable implementation can be facilitated. Aggregate statewide patterns of organizational capacity emerged, as well as individual variation in the strengths and gaps of implementation among each county, revealing that sustainable implementation requires purposeful attention to systemic capacities beyond training and coaching. To advance the science and practice of offender rehabilitation, we need to broaden our focus to organizational process, structure, and context.