The implementation stage of a project is when all planning and preparation from earlier stages comes together for project execution. A strong frontline of well-trained project staff are required to ensure implementation runs smoothly, effectively and to a high standard. It is important that implementing staff have good morale and a sense of ownership over the project. The success of project implementation can be measured through a number of indicators such as how closely the implemented project matches what was planned, and the exposure and engagement of the target population with the project. The progress of project implementation should be shared with stakeholders with ongoing feedback and input encouraged.
Project implementation can require many resources and careful coordination and it is therefore crucial to have a high performing administrative core. If working across multiple sites, it is important to ensure the core elements of the project are being implemented uniformly. Establishing clear leadership and ensuring that protocols are followed by project staff will assist with this. Attention to detail during set-up stages is crucial. Ensure that project staff have received appropriate training, local communities have been sensitised to the project, and that there are processes in place for feedback to be received from members of the target population. Refer back to the projects strategy to ensure that implementation is meeting set objectives and goals, to time and to budget.
Implement and monitor the plan