Implementation Science Resource Library
We've compiled some of our most commonly used resources for implementation & improvement research.
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Curran GM. Implementation science made too simple: a teaching tool. Implement Sci Commun 1, 27 (2020).
Kirchner JE, Smith JL, Powell BJ, Waltz TJ, Proctor EK. Getting a clinical innovation into practice: An introduction to implementation strategies. Psychiatry Res. 2020 Jan;283:112467.
Moullin JC, Dickson KS, Stadnick NA, Albers B, Nilsen P, Broder-Fingert S, Mukasa B, Aarons GA. Ten recommendations for using implementation frameworks in research and practice. Implement Sci Commun. 2020 Apr 30;1:42.
Bauer MS, Damschroder L, Hagedorn H, Smith J, Kilbourne AM. An introduction to implementation science for the non-specialist. BMC Psychol. 2015 Sep 16;3(1):32.
Smith JD, Li DH, Rafferty MR. The Implementation Research Logic Model: a method for planning, executing, reporting, and synthesizing implementation projects. Implementation Sci 15, 84 (2020).
Damschroder LJ, Aron DC, Keith RE, Kirsh SR, Alexander JA, Lowery JC. Fostering implementation of health services research findings into practice: a consolidated framework for advancing implementation science. Implement Sci. 2009 Aug 7;4:50.
Glasgow RE, Vogt TM, Boles SM. Evaluating the public health impact of health promotion interventions: the RE-AIM framework. Am J Public Health. 1999 Sep;89(9):1322-7.
Forman J, Heisler M, Damschroder LJ, Kaselitz E, Kerr EA. Development and application of the RE-AIM QuEST mixed methods framework for program evaluation. Prev Med Rep. 2017 Apr 4;6:322-328.
Miller CJ, Barnett ML, Baumann AA, Gutner CA, Wiltsey-Stirman S. The FRAME-IS: a framework for documenting modifications to implementation strategies in healthcare. Implement Sci. 2021 Apr 7;16(1):36.
Aarons GA, Hurlburt M, Horwitz SM. Advancing a conceptual model of evidence-based practice implementation in public service sectors. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2011 Jan;38(1):4-23.
Waltz TJ, Powell BJ, Chinman MJ, Smith JL, Matthieu MM, Proctor EK, Damschroder LJ, Kirchner JE. Expert Recommendations for Implementing Change (ERIC): protocol for a mixed methods study. Implement Sci. 2014 Mar 26;9:39.
Powell BJ, Waltz TJ, Chinman MJ, Damschroder LJ, Smith JL, Matthieu MM, Proctor EK, Kirchner JE. A refined compilation of implementation strategies: results from the Expert Recommendations for Implementing Change (ERIC) project. Implement Sci. 2015 Feb 12;10:21.
Weiner BJ, Lewis CC, Stanick C, Powell BJ, Dorsey CN, Clary AS, Boynton MH, Halko H. Psychometric assessment of three newly developed implementation outcome measures. Implement Sci. 2017 Aug 29;12(1):108.
Proctor E, Silmere H, Raghavan R, Hovmand P, Aarons G, Bunger A, Griffey R, Hensley M. Outcomes for implementation research: conceptual distinctions, measurement challenges, and research agenda. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2011 Mar;38(2):65-76.
Dissemination & Implementation Models Webtool An interactive, online resource designed to help researchers and practitioners navigate D&I Models through planning, selecting, combining, adapting, using, and linking to measures.
CFIR Website Guidance on using the CFIR to design and conduct an implementation evaluation, including a CFIR-ERIC implementation Strategy Matching Tool.
CFIR-ERIC Implementation Strategy Matching Tool If you are using the CFIR to identify potential barriers to implementation, this tool can be used to help guide choice of implementation strategies to mitigate those barriers.
RE-AIM Resources and Tools The RE-AIM workgroup provides resources, tools, and guidance for understanding and applying the RE-AIM framework.
The EPIS Implementation Framework This site was created to explain and support the EPIS Framework and provides resources for using EPIS including measures and tools (e.g., worksheets, guides).
The Audit and Feedback MetaLab This website provides a list of resources to help you design and evaluate A&F Interventions and explain the theory and evidence behind the success or failure of A&F.
NCI Implementation Science Webinars Listen in as leaders in the field discuss advanced dissemination and implementation research topics and answer questions from the community.
QUERI’s Implementation Research Group Cyberseminars Covers diverse topics in implementation science – upcoming & past sessions available (filter by QUERI Implementation Research Group).
D&I Short Course This annual workshop (typically in the fall) includes interactive sessions that navigate the steps from concept and design to adaptation and implementation in practice. Hosted by the University of Wisconsin Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.
DISC Workshops are regular, skill-building workshops led by national experts covering D&I design and methods topics for health services researchers, faculty, students, and trainees. Hosted by the Dissemination and Implementation Science Center (DISC) at UC San Diego.
Institute for Implementation Science Scholars (IS-2) The Institute for Implementation Science Scholars (IS-2) is a mentored training program for investigators interested in applying dissemination and implementation (D&I) methods and strategies to reduce the burden of chronic disease and address health inequities. Scholars are enrolled for two years, application required.
Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer (TIDIRC) Facilitated Course This training institute to provides participants with a thorough grounding in conducting dissemination and implementation (D&I) research with a specific focus on cancer, across the cancer control continuum. Despite the focus on cancer in the title, this resource is intended to be an introduction to implementation science methods and approaches regardless of disease area.
Penn Implementation Science Institute The Institute will give an introduction to the foundations of implementation science (i.e., terminology, conceptual models and frameworks, study design), an overview of advanced topics (implementation strategies, sustainability), tips for grant writing, skill development and writing specific aims for Implementation Science grants, and describe how principles of implementation science can be applied to practical implementation efforts. Annual in June, 4 half days, registration fee.
HIV, Infectious Disease and Global Health Implementation Research Institute (HIGH IRI) HIGH-IRI offers mentored training in dissemination and implementation research methods focused on HIV, Infectious Diseases and Global Health. The program is composed of a two-year period of training and mentorship with two one-week in-residence sessions in St. Louis (at the beginning of the program and at the start of the second year) and remote mentorship throughout the year.
Implementation Science in Global Health Summer Institute This course will be of interest to researchers, policy makers, funders, and practitioners working in low and middle income settings who are interested in an intensive introduction to Implementation Science. For a subset of participants who are involved in the design and conduct of implementation research, a second week is offered to provide intensive mentorship for the development of the core components of an implementation research protocol.
Inter-CFAR Implementation Science Fellowship The goal of the fellowship is to support early stage investigators (ESIs) focused on HIV-related research with training and mentoring opportunities in implementation science (IS) to encourage and capacitate ESIs in the submission of successful IS-focused grants. The program, includes didactic, online, and mentored small group training in IS methodology. The applied mentorship focuses on the development of a grant application which incorporates IS methodology and/or training and is intended to culminate in a two-day grant refinement and networking workshop.
Orientation to the Science of Dissemination and Implementation In this webinar Drs. Rinad Beidas, Cara Lewis and Byron Powell present an introduction and orientation to the science of dissemination and implementation for those new to this field. The broad overview is a reprisal of their session at the 11th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation Research in 2018.
Implementation Science Video Library Brief video modules, 10-30 minutes each, are a resource for teaching implementation science courses or obtaining D&I training, generously complied and shared by Dr. Rachel Shelton and the Columbia University Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (CTSA).
Mayo Clinic Introduction to Dissemination and Implementation Research This online instruction consists of 8 modules, approximately 15 minutes each, designed to introduce topics in D&I research, such as theory, strategies, outcomes, study design, and grant writing.
Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer (TIDIRC) OpenAccess These eight video modules, 30-60 minutes each, and associated training materials are used in the TIDIRC facilitated course have been made freely available to the public for a self-paced introduction to D&I research, regardless of disease area.
Society of Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions April. Abstract submission open Aug-Sept.
Annual Research Meeting (ARM) June. Abstracts due May.
Society for Implementation Research Collaboration (SIRC) Conference Held every 2 years in September.
Architecture of High Value Care National Conference Sept/Oct/Nov
IHI Forum December
Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation December. Abstract submission open June – July.
NCI IS Grant Library Several investigators and their organizations agreed to let NCI Implementation Science (IS) post part of their dissemination and implementation grant applications online.
UNC Sample Grants Library Researchers from across the country have generously shared their funded Implementation Science proposals for use as examples of funded applications
Brownson RC, Colditz GA, Dobbins M, Emmons KM, Kerner JF, Padek M, Proctor EK, Stange KC. Concocting that Magic Elixir: Successful Grant Application Writing in Dissemination and Implementation Research. Clin Transl Sci. 2015 Dec;8(6):710-6.
Proctor EK, Powell BJ, Baumann AA, Hamilton AM, Santens RL. Writing implementation research grant proposals: ten key ingredients. Implement Sci. 2012 Oct 12;7:96. Video
Crable EL, Biancarelli D, Walkey AJ, Allen CG, Proctor EK, Drainoni ML. Standardizing an approach to the evaluation of implementation science proposals. Implement Sci. 2018 May 29;13(1):71.
Write Better Proposals General grant writing tips and more.
D&I Funding Opportunities We've curated a list of active funding opportunities for Dissemination and Implementation Research. The list is updated weekly and includes funding opportunity announcements from the NIH, AHRQ, and PCORI.
Shelton RC, Adsul P, Oh A. Recommendations for Addressing Structural Racism in Implementation Science: A Call to the Field. Ethn Dis. 2021 May 20;31(Suppl 1):357-364. doi: 10.18865/ed.31.S1.357.
Brownson RC, Kumanyika SK, Kreuter MW, Haire-Joshu D. Implementation science should give higher priority to health equity. Implement Sci. 2021 Mar 19;16(1):28.
Baumann AA, Cabassa LJ. Reframing implementation science to address inequities in healthcare delivery. BMC Health Serv Res. 2020 Mar 12;20(1):190.
Chinman M, Woodward EN, Curran GM, Hausmann LRM. Harnessing Implementation Science to Increase the Impact of Health Equity Research. Med Care. 2017 Sep;55 Suppl 9 Suppl 2(Suppl 9 2):S16-S23.
McNulty M, Smith JD, Villamar J, Burnett-Zeigler I, Vermeer W, Benbow N, Gallo C, Wilensky U, Hjorth A, Mustanski B, Schneider J, Brown CH. Implementation Research Methodologies for Achieving Scientific Equity and Health Equity. Ethn Dis. 2019 Feb 21;29(Suppl 1):83-92.
IHI Open School The Basic Certificate in Quality and Safety consists of 13 courses in the areas of Improvement Capability (5 core courses in QI methodology), Patient Safety, Triple Aim for Populations, Person- and Family-Centered Care, and Leadership. VUMC Instructions for Access
Precision Medicine & Health Disparities Collaborative (PMHDC) The Implementation Core of the PMHDC, with input from an Ethics Advisory Board, developed procedures for creating video summaries of academic work, intended for public audiences; examples are linked below. The Core also compiled a toolkit of useful resources for disseminating research results and other forms of scientific communication. This work was supported by grant U54MD010722 from NIH/NIMHD.
- Effective Engagement Requires Trust and Being Trustworthy
- Post Concussion Syndrome Advancing Research Through Precision Medicine
- Public Summary Toolbox for Researchers
VICTR Compilation of Dissemination Toolkits This website offers a number of tools and examples that have been created for researchers and community organizations that conduct research to use and share study findings in everyday, easy-to-understand language.
CTSA Compendium of D&I Catalogs A listing of external D&I resources that provides a curated list of resource catalogs relevant to the conduct of Dissemination & Implementation (D&I) science. The resource catalogs gathered here include frameworks/theories/models, methods/measures, funding resources, practice resources, training, and health equity resources.