The Early Implementation of FFT-CW®, MST-Psychiatric®, and SafeCare® in Australia

Bianca Albers, Jessica Hateley-Browne, Thomas Steele, Vanessa Rose, Aron Shlonsky, Robyn Mildon

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Purpose: In 2017–2018, the state of Victoria, Australia, initiated the implementation of five family and parenting programs within family services. Three—SafeCare®, Functional Family Therapy-Child Welfare®, and Multisystemic Therapy-Psychiatric®—originated in the United States and were supported through overseas intermediary or purveyor organizations (IPOs). This study examines the challenges and barriers faced by service agencies and their staff during the initial implementation of these three research-supported interventions (RSIs). Method: Qualitative data collected among a purposive sample of implementers selected across provider agencies and IPOs were analyzed. Results: IPOs’ implementation specialists used a similarly composed sample of N = 31.2 implementation strategies. The early implementation stage was fragile and characterized by three distinct phases. Primary implementation challenges existed in the inner setting, intervention, and individual characteristics. Discussion: To balance the fragility of early implementation and sustain RSI implementation, it is important to immediately supplement overseas IPO support with strong local implementation capacities.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020


  • child and family services
  • evidence-based practice
  • implementation science
  • knowledge transfer
  • outcome study
  • program evaluation

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