Optimal outcomes from policy initiatives are more likely to be obtained when there is early and systematic consideration of the practical aspects of implementation into programs and/or services.25 The Australian Government has a range of guidelines and regulations to support a systematic approach to policy and program implementation.
The results of the desk review process and interviews with Department of Health and Ageing staff demonstrate a high level of compliance with government program implementation and regulation requirements. Indeed, it is the opinion of the evaluation team that the implementation aspect of the GP Super Clinics Program has potential as a model for other program implementation processes.
25Implementation of Programme and Policy Initiatives: Making Implementation Matter - Better Practice Guide. Canberra: Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Australian National Audit Office;2006.