SIC Coaching Strategy

Based on Research Conducted at OSLC

The SIC Coaching project aims to define the organizational activities that are needed to sustain the adoption of evidence-based programs, and test the impact of an empirically derived strategy to support the integration of implementation fidelity and intervention fidelity.

Project Overview

The Stages of Implementation Completion® (SIC) Coaching project has two distinct but interrelated primary objectives. First, this project aims to extend the original 8-staged SIC into the sustainment phase of implementation. Specifically, in partnership with Treatment Foster Care Oregon (TFCO) and Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT), the SIC team will define the organizational activities that are needed to sustain the adoption of evidence-based programs that address adolescent substance abuse and other high-risk behaviors. Second, the project will evaluate whether the integration of implementation fidelity (fidelity to the implementation process) with intervention fidelity (fidelity to the clinical intervention) can increase the probability that a new organizational site not only successfully adopts a program but develops the infrastructure to ensure it can sustain. The project will test the impact of the empirically derived SIC Coaching Strategy (SIC-CS) on the implementation of TFCO and MDFT through a randomized evaluation of SIC-CS.

Patterns of cost and resource allocation will be examined using the Cost of Implementing New Strategies (COINS) cost mapping tool, an adjunct to the SIC, to assess how resource use impacts program sustainability. SIC-CS utilizes a web-based SIC and COINS tool that provides feedback about a site’s implementation behavior relative to other successful sites. Purveyors will be trained to integrate SIC coaching into their existing coaching activities with newly adopting sites randomized to receive the SIC-CS. SIC data and feedback will be withheld from sites randomized to Standard Consultation. It is hypothesized that sites that receive integrated implementation and intervention fidelity feedback as part of their technical assistance will be more likely to develop sustainable programs than sites that receive standard support. These innovative methods have the potential for a highly significant public health impact by reducing wasted resources on failed implementation attempts and increasing the availability of quality evidence-based services for vulnerable and costly populations.

Year Project Began: 2018
Funder: National Institute on Drug Abuse

Principal Investigator

Lisa Saldana, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist
Oregon Social Learning Center

Active Research Projects

Primary Research and Clinical Interests

Lisa joined OSLC in 2007. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2003 with a research and clinical emphasis in child maltreatment and evidence-based practice (EBP). She has been active in the development, evaluation, and implementation of EBPs, with a particular emphasis in services for child welfare populations.

Lisa currently is the PI of a number of federally funded projects related to implementation in child serving systems. Building on her previous work with the Stages of Implementation Completion (SIC) ®, she and the SIC team are extending the SIC into the Sustainment Phase of the implementation process. Moreover, they are conducting a randomized trial of the SIC-Coaching strategy as a method for integrating implementation fidelity with intervention fidelity to increase rates of successful implementation among adolescent substance use treatment EBPs. Lisa and the SIC team have collaborated with a number of EBP developers in different service sectors, serving different populations to operationalize and monitor real-world implementation efforts. Similarly, the SIC team has developed the Cost of Implementing New Strategies (COINS) tool for assessing implementation costs across the three phases of implementation.

Lisa also is the primary developer and evaluator the R3 Supervisor Strategy. Developed in collaboration with child welfare leaders, R3 aims to bring evidence-based strategies into child welfare worker-family interactions. The model has been implemented and evaluated across both state and county driven child welfare systems. R3 has received strong endorsement from supervisors trained in the model and consistently has produced positive organizational change.

Lisa is the developer of the Families Actively Improving Relationships (FAIR) model, an integrative intervention for families referred to the child welfare system for parental substance abuse. FAIR integrates evidence-based techniques targeting four key treatment components including parental substance use, maladaptive parenting, and mental health symptoms as well as their correlated contextual problems such as housing and employment. Families referred to FAIR receive services in their natural environments (e.g., home, school, court) and receive incentives related to healthy households for meeting individualized treatment goals. Currently, Lisa and her team are implementing FAIR, and its adaptation PRE-FAIR, in five Oregon counties, as part of a NIDA-funded HEAL prevention study. FAIR is recognized by the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse. Lisa oversees FAIR services provided to Lane and Douglas County residents through the ODI Clinic; for more information, visit