A strategic planning process for developing and sustaining safe, supportive learning environments relies on assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Implementation puts into place strategies, activities, and programs aimed at supporting student success.

Implementation is central to a collaborative process to create and sustain a comprehensive, strategic, multicomponent, coordinated approach to preventing problems related to student alcohol and other drug use and violence and supporting positive student outcomes in a safe, supportive learning environment. That process is described by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as a Strategic Planning Framework. Implementation focuses on carrying out the various components of the prevention plan, as well as identifying and overcoming any potential barriers. During program implementation, organizations detail the evidence-based policies and practices that need to be undertaken, develop specific timelines, and decide on ongoing program evaluation needs.


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