Implementation Planning

Implementation Planning

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Each state and territory must develop a STOP Implementation Plan in order to receive a STOP award. However, the plan is much more than an application for a grant. It is also an opportunity to listen to communities who are impacted by domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The planning process also offers a chance to hear from those whose job it is to keep survivors safe and hold offenders accountable.

States and territories are called upon to engage in a robust planning process. The STAAR Project and offers tools and individualized help with:

  • Preparing for the planning process;
  • Analyzing past plans;
  • Developing a planning team;
  • Engaging with communities;
  • Collecting data – both quantitative and qualitative;
  • Reviewing draft plans; and
  • Helping with a sustainable and ongoing planning process.

Developing a Comprehensive STOP Implementation Plan

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A well-designed plan will not only meet all required elements for a completed plan, it will also:

  • Demonstrate that it was developed in partnership with a robust planning committee and many others around the state or territory;
  • Reflect the input of underserved communities related to their experiences, needs, and gaps;
  • Incorporate the input of sovereign tribal nations or native villages located in the state;
  • Describe a grantmaking strategy that:
    • Closely ties needs identified during planning to a fund distribution plan;
    • Equitably distributes funds for culturally specific services, underserved populations;
    • Provide funds for culturally specific community-based organizations.
  • Speak to how the state or territory will meaningfully:
    • Address sexual assault;
    • Work to reduce the number of domestic violence homicides;
    • Prioritize areas showing the greatest needs in urban, nonurban, and rural areas.

For more information on implementation plan requirements, please visit our Resource Library.

Implementation Planning Toolkit

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The Implementation Planning Toolkit is a set of tools designed to assist with STOP implementation planning. The Toolkit was developed in collaboration with OVW for use in conjunction with the OVW Implementation Plan Checklist.

This is a practical resource that facilitates the development of a comprehensive STOP Implementation Plan and helps with tracking communications with those involved in the STOP planning process.

STOP eLearning Courses

STAAR’s eLearning Courses

The STAAR Project currently offers two eLearning courses: Preparing for the STOP Implementation Planning Process & Navigating the STOP Formula Grant Program.

Course 1, Preparing for the STOP Implementation Planning Process, offers recommendations, guidance, and resources for building a well-designed STOP Implementation Plan.

Course 2, Navigating the STOP Formula Grant Program: A Course for Newer STOP Administrators, shares tips, guidance, and suggestions for administering and monitoring your State’s or Territory’s STOP Formula Grant.

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Implementation Planning Mini-Workshop Series

The STOP Formula Grant Program emphasizes the importance of states and territories responding to the needs of survivors that have been historically under-addressed. View our mini-workshops series on meaningfully responding to tribes, culturally specific communities, and sexual assault in the STOP implementation plan.