VA partnered with Aptive HTG, which brought a historical understanding of how the roadmap was developed, strong program management support and the know-how to create implementation plans for the 46 agency actions.
Establishing partnerships and coordinating community engagement
PREVENTS depends on community engagement. Aptive helped execute site visits and host town hall meetings, community events and roundtable discussions to build a national coalition with leaders who shared a passion for preventing Veteran suicides. In addition, PREVENTS emphasized forging partnerships across agencies and non-governmental entities to increase impact.
After extensive foundational work to determine key barriers to accessing mental health and opportunities to address these issues, Aptive developed project management and program evaluation artifacts for PREVENTS. Once agency actions were incorporated into actionable implementation measures, Aptive helped VA implement the roadmap with:
- Project plan timelines
- Meeting agendas and minutes
- Event planning materials
- Ongoing leadership reports
- Implementation plan templates, including success criteria and evaluation guidance
Developing a tracking system for implementation
To help VA measure implementation progress, Aptive created a centralized tracking database with different ways to measure actions through convenient dashboards. Through these dashboards, VA could oversee progress, track implementation activity and follow up. This effort examined milestones and key performance indicators, providing a picture of action implementation.