Prevention Science

, Volume 17, Issue 5, pp 636–645 | Cite as

The Triple P Implementation Framework: the Role of Purveyors in the Implementation and Sustainability of Evidence-Based Programs

  • Jenna McWilliam
  • Jacquie Brown
  • Matthew R. Sanders
  • Liz Jones


Evidence-based programs are considered critical in the human services field if major social and health problems are to be addressed. Despite the large number of programs that have been developed and implemented, there is much to learn about how to effectively implement these programs in community settings. One perspective that is rarely represented in the literature is that of the purveyor organization (an organization that actively works to disseminate and support the implementation of a program or practice). This paper introduces the Triple P Implementation Framework, developed by the program’s purveyor organization, and discusses principles underlying the design and implementation of the Framework. The Framework incorporates two key underlying principles of the Triple P system: minimal sufficiency and self-regulation. Lessons learned from the application of these principles and the implementation process are discussed, along with directions for future research.


Implementation Evidence-based programs Triple P Purveyor Public health 



The development of the Triple P Implementation Framework was funded by Triple P International Pty Ltd. A number of employees at Triple P International contributed to the development of the Framework. The core working group members included Jenna McWilliam, Jacquie Brown, Debbie Easton, Randall Ahn, Sara van Driel, and Sarah Munro. The authors thank Natasha Smouha and Felicity Smith for her help in editing this paper.

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Conflict of Interest

The Triple P–Positive Parenting Program® (Triple P) is owned by The University of Queensland. The University, through its technology transfer company, UniQuest Pty Ltd, has licensed Triple P International Pty Ltd to publish and disseminate the program worldwide. Royalties stemming from published Triple P resources are distributed to the Parenting and Family Support Centre, School of Psychology, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, and contributory authors. No author has any share or ownership in Triple P International Pty Ltd. Jenna McWilliam is an employee of Triple P International. Jacquie Brown is a consultant with Triple P International. Matthew Sanders is the founder of Triple P, an author, and a part-time consultant with Triple P International Pty Ltd.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. For this type of study, formal consent is not required.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jenna McWilliam
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jacquie Brown
    • 1
  • Matthew R. Sanders
    • 3
  • Liz Jones
    • 2
  1. 1.Triple P InternationalBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Griffith UniversityBrisbaneAustralia
  3. 3.The University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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