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Center launches new podcast to stimulate the minds of implementation scientists, researchers and students

Written by Kim Furlow, communications manager for the Institute for Public Health

One of the things that we want to do with this podcast is to bring perspectives, outlooks, and criticisms, which are perhaps not in the center mainstream of the conversation, and to elevate those perspectives; and, to provoke with those perspectives.

Elvin Geng, MD, Director of the Center for Dissemination and Implementation

The Center for Dissemination and Implementation at the Institute for Public Health has launched “As it IS” a monthly podcast in which researchers and other experts in the field of implementation science (IS) are interviewed. Among the dynamic content, guests discuss their beginnings, perspectives and current work in the field. The podcast is available on both Apple and Google platforms.

Host, Elvin Geng, MD and Producer, Ashley Sturm are working to bring Washington University scientists into the conversation as well as those from the global implementation science network. Topics will range from critical challenges in implementation science to Normalization Process Theory to building capacity for IS. Among expected guests are Drs. Carl May, Ross Brownson, Rinad Beidas and Enola Proctor.

From As it IS, Episode 1 and host Elvin Geng:
What is Implementation Science?

We’ve created a lot of solutions to a lot of different problems, not just in health, but in many things thru science (labs, developing new drugs and tools). For example, we have a very safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine that didn’t take all that long to produce, and that’s really a great achievement. But, despite the fact that we have these solutions, in reality, we don’t make use of those in a way that make people’s lives better across the board. We don’t do so consistently, we don’t do so equitably, and as a result, society doesn’t fully benefit from the solutions that we’ve come up with. Implementation science is about turning a scientific lens on that process itself and asking, “Why is it this way and what can we do to get beyond it?”

Discussions about implementation science are traditionally found within academic journals, so why the shift to the podcast format?

As academics, scientists, and researchers, most of the time we communicate with people in the field that we don’t know, through journals and scientific publications; so, you write a paper, you collect data, you analyze it, and you report it. As much as that is a vast format for conveying lots of different info, it’s limited in the sense that there are many things in the human experience that are hard to communicate. A podcast can bring those things to the surface, and I think those things are important in the IS conversation. Things like our hopes for what we want to learn, our fears about where the field is going, or our anxieties about what we may or may not be able to learn, [and] the excitement that can come out of a conversation. These things are often difficult to convey in a traditional format, so, a podcast can create a human feel for the experience of being a part of this conversation.

About the podcast:

Geng says there will often be at least three or more voices on each episode to create spontaneous, interesting and fun conversations. “When you bring together three people – say person A, B, and C – who bring their own perspectives, what you get is so much more: You’ll get A, B, C, D, E, F, G, etc., so, that’s one thing a podcast platform will allow us to tap into, is that dynamic conversation. Also, implementation science is a moving field; what people are talking about within the field is changing quickly and there are a lot of voices in that conversation. One of the things about a science that is growing very quickly, is that making sure all of the voices that should be heard are heard,” says Geng.

How to listen

As it IS is available to listen to on PodBean and the following streaming services.