LifeSkills Training (LST) Implementation Resources
The following resources are available to anyone wishing to implement the LST program or adapt these documents to fit another program.
The first step to successful program implementation is choosing sites that have the resources and commitment required to replicate the program with fidelity. After obtaining a completed application, an on-site feasibility visit with all key players helps a funder to determine whether the site has all the prerequisites in place that are necessary to properly implement a program. In addition, it is an opportunity for sites to provide information to local people who will be involved in the program as well as anyone whose support is needed in order for the program to be a success.
Training Evaluation tools collect information from both the trainer and trainees regarding how the training went overall, any challenges that emerged, and whether trainees felt it adequately prepared them to implement the program.
Training Evalution Forms:
Through a grant that provides Technical Assistance (TA) - help addressing challenges to implement the program with fidelity - evaluation forms are used to collect information from both the trainer and trainees regarding whether the TA meeting helped them to addresses the challenges they face to implementing the program well. These evaluation tools are much like those used for trainings.
Technical Assistance Evalution Forms:
Process evaluations assess the delivery of a program by describing and documenting how well the program is being implemented, or the “integrity” or “fidelity” of the implementation in comparison with the program’s stated intent. It primarily describes what services were provided to whom, the intensity and duration of services provided (dosage), and what problems were experienced. There is generally an assessment of the quality of the implementation as well as its content.
For a program such as LifeSkills Training (LST), this involves documenting whether the program is being implemented with the appropriate student population, using trained staff, teaching the required number and content of sessions or activities in the intended order and for the required number of hours, and using the appropriate teaching techniques and materials. CSPV uses the following forms to document the implementation of LST.
Process Evaluation Forms:
Implementation Fidelity Checklist forms (Observations) are used to determine if the instructor is making all core lesson points and using the interative teaching styles which are central to the LST program. Checklist forms for each lesson of the LST curriculum may be obtained from the website of the organization which disseminates the LST program.
A rigorous full-scale outcome evaluation to determine the effectiveness of a program can be very expensive, so combining a Process Evaluation to measure the quality of program implementation, as well as collecting data prior to beginning the program as well as after the program has been implemented to see if any changes have occurred, can be helpful tools in determining if a program is having the desired effects. A pre-post measuring tool may be found on the The LifeSkills Training web site.
A series of webinars were held during the 2011-12 school year to provide program sustainability assistance to schools/districts implementing the LST program. Recordings of these webinars and accompanying documents are available below.