Implementing a Network
Operationalizing an Implementation Plan may seem daunting. A comprehensive and deliberative approach to Network implementation should focus on five key operational areas.
Networks can use a range of tools to facilitate implementation, ensure smooth roll out of services and efficient and sustainable operations. Key among these are:
Legal Case Management
Formal case management processes are necessary in any Network and should include:
Victims can have myriad legal needs in the aftermath of crime, including civil litigation, victims’ rights enforcement in criminal law, family law, employment law, consumer law, immigration law and more. Some legal needs do not become apparent until well after the intake process is complete.
Combined with non-legal needs such as public benefits, housing, transportation, safety, and mental health, it is clear that legal advocacy requires collaboration, resource sharing, and specialized knowledge.
Evaluation should be guided by the same design and methodology considerations that informed the Needs and Capacities Assessment. In determining when, how often and from whom to collect data, the quantity of data collected should be balanced with data collection fatigue among those being asked to complete research instruments.
Early, proactive planning of Network priorities and activities can positively impact the sustainability of a Network.