Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review

, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 118–128 | Cite as

Is the Concept of Self-Regulation Useful for Supporting Effective Implementation in Community Settings?

  • Rebecca H. RoppoloEmail author
  • Jenna McWilliam
  • William A. AldridgeII
  • Robin H. Jenkins
  • Renee I. Boothroyd
  • LaTanya R. Moore


The literature and utility of self-regulation extends beyond individuals; a critical factor for successful and sustainable implementation of evidence-based programs in a community setting may be the capacity of teams to self-regulate implementation processes. The conceptual foundation of this proposal is explored and definitions of the five dimensions of self-regulation for implementation processes are provided. Practice examples illustrate how the provision of external implementation support to build self-regulatory capacity among implementation teams adopting and scaling-up EBPs in the local community setting has shaped and refined the proposed definitions to better reflect the work on-the-ground. The role of external implementation support providers in developing implementation team self-regulation is explored and practice strategies to promote self-regulation are provided. Implications and directions for future research are discussed.


Implementation Self-regulation Implementation teams Scale-up Evidence-based practice 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

Jenna McWilliam is an employee of Triple P International Pty Ltd. All other authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

This article does not contain any studies with human participants performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center, The Impact Center at FPGThe University of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA
  2. 2.The University of QueenslandSt LuciaAustralia

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