This checklist provides guidance about the critical steps to full and effective implementation of risk assessment. The checklist lays out action items in four broad implementation areas: Tool Selection, Validation, Assessment Process, and Structured Decision Making. Agencies are strongly encouraged to complete all items on the checklist before fully implementing an instrument into the decision-making process. Items in bold are defined on the glossary section on the back of the page. If you have feedback on how the checklist can be improved, please send it to [email protected].