The Development and Experiences of Character Development Learning Institute Implementation Teams

by Brandon Stratford; Hannah Lantos; Shantai Peckoo

Jul 6, 2020

Efforts to implement new policies, programs, or practices can be challenging, especially when the individuals leading or implementing the changes must juggle multiple responsibilites - as is often the case in nonprofit organizations. When the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) launched the Character Development Learning Institute (CDLI), the organization required that participating local YMCAs (Ys) establish implementation teams to guide their CDLI efforts. 

This brief describes the role of implementation teams and summarizes the experiences of local Ys - both positive and negative - in using this approach during their participation in the CDLI. While these experiences were part of a Y-USA initiative, we expect that some challenges and lessons learned may be instructive to other organizations seeking to implement new policies, programs, or practices.