Learning Series – Competencies for Implementation Facilitators – IMPLEMENTATION TEAM (Domain #3) – April 13, 2023

This interactive learning series will explore the GIS-developed Competencies for Implementation Facilitators as they are applied in the Criminal Justice Sector. The workshop on April 13, 2023 will dive into Domain 3: Forming an Implementation Team.

You are encouraged to participate whether or not you work in the criminal justice sector. The GIS Competencies for Implementation Facilitators are were designed to be applicable in interdisciplinary contexts. This learning series will capitalize on The Competencies' interdisciplinary nature to help us work towards a more comprehensive understanding of what it means to facilitate the implementation of innovations.

We hope you will join us for this live virtual learning experience!

90-Minute Interactive, Virtual Workshop (all times below in EST)!

  • 12:00 - 12:15 PM | Introduction - Information regarding development of the competencies; their value; implementation in the criminal justice sector; and reasons for hosting this series
  • 12:15 - 12:55 PM | Expert presentations regarding the impact of competencies in criminal justice
    • Allison Brookes
    • Rachel Goldstein
    • Gabrielle Chapman
  • 12:55 - 1:05 PM | Panel Q&A, Group Discussion
  • 1:05 - 1:15 PM | Breakout Group Discussions
  • 1:15 - 1:25 PM | Full Group Discussion, Next Steps
  • 1:25 - 1:30 PM | Thank You & preview of next session


Our Experts & Leaders

Allison Brookes has over 17 years of experience leading innovation and change in the criminal justice system. After working in community-based corrections for many years, Allison became a champion of implementation science in the state of Colorado by leading a large-scale, multi-agency effort to implement Motivational Interviewing across behavioral health centers, halfway houses, probation offices, parole offices and prisons statewide. Allison knows that the principles of implementation science offer game changing tools for leaders in justice agencies to achieve socially significant outcomes and is a strong believer in strategies that involve co-elevating system players. Leveraging her experience leading teams in a progressive pretrial service agency, Allison specializes in complex implementation environments that require tackling wicked, often historical, adaptive challenges that get in the way of implementing transformational change. Allison is a founding member of the Alliance for Community and Justice Innovation (ACJI), which hosts the Implementation Leadership Academy, an 8-week virtual program designed for leadership in criminal justice agencies and community non-profits to learn the best practices of how to lead change effectively. Learn more at www.acji.org.


Rachel Goldstein has over 12+ years experience working in the community corrections space. She has held a myriad of positions in government beginning as a probation officer. She found her niche learning about and incorporating core correctional practices into her daily work with people on supervision. She eventually became a probation administrator where she mentored, trained and assisted officers with their skill development, in addition to providing guidance to the field on implementing evidence-based practices. This is also when Rachel was introduced to Implementation Science!  Rachel left the federal government to join an advocacy agency focused on probation and parole reform. She works with implementing agencies to ensure recently passed legislation has the intended and greatest outcomes for those impacted by the justice system. Rachel holds a Master’s in Public Administration from University of Illinois and an undergraduate degree from Knox College where she majored in sociology and anthropology.  Rachel is also an accomplished violinist and loves finding opportunities to make music, especially with her dad.


Gabrielle Chapman has a broad base that includes significant experience working with all levels of stakeholders to include government agencies, legislatures, private industry and academia. She has served as research director, working at a high level in both private and public organizations and has developed and conducted technical assistance and coaching in overall system reform in 13 U.S. states and Queensland Australia through evaluation, analysis and performance metrics. She has spent her career bridging research to practice and have developed a substantial track record of making research and associated methodologies relevant and user friendly for practitioners in applied settings. Currently, Gabrielle is the Research Assistant Professor & Founding Director, Center for Translational Justice Research and Research Assistant Professor & Founding Director, Center for Translational Justice Research at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.


Paul Tortolani, PhD is the Senior Vice President of Higher Education, Research & Policy at Wilson Language Training. He joined Wilson in 2008 after many years in higher education, government, and business. He has a B.A. and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut, and an MPA and Ph.D. in Public Administration from New York University.


John Øvretveit, PhD is Director of research for the Medical Management Center at the Karolinska Medical University in Sweden and Professor of health improvement, implementation, and evaluation there. Previously he was Professor of Health Policy and Management at Bergen University Medical School, Norway for 10 years and also appointed chair of health organization and management for 15 years at the Nordic School of Public Health, Goteborg, Sweden. John’s work is based on the belief that organization and management can bring out the best and worst in people, and that the right organization design is critical for effective healthcare.



Registration is Open Now!

  • GIS Members: FREE
  • Non-members (North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore): $10
  • Non-members (None of the Above): $5

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