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Resources for dissemination & implementation science

Here are some of our favorite resources for Dissemination & Implementation (D&I) Science from the Institute’s Center for Dissemination & Implementation. We hope you’ll find them helpful.

VA Quality Enhancement Research Initiative Implementation Guide

The VA Quality Enhancement Research Initiative Implementation Guide is a multi-purpose trail map toward formative evaluation, methods, applying theory, diagnosing gaps, designing interventions, and discovering and using toolkits and resources in the field of D&I.

Training Institute on Dissemination and Implementation Research

The Training Institute on Dissemination and Implementation Research seeks to train researchers to understand how to create the best interventions while ensuring effective delivery in order to optimize public health interventions.

Bibliography of Institute for Public Health D&I Resources

Washington University’s Institute for Public Health has developed a convenient bibliography that serves as both an introduction into the D&I field and as a useful resource for those who are active in the field.

Community Tool Box

In collaboration with the University of Kansas, the Work Group for Community Health and Development created the “Community Tool Box” as a simple and accessible resource to toolkits of D&I practice.

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

PCORI focuses on research in oppressed and minority populations, seeking to alleviate public health problems and increase access to quality health care. To that end, PCORI funds comparative clinical effectiveness research in support of efforts toward determining evidence-based best practices. In addition to the funding opportunities outlined in the link above, they also offer a D&I Framework and Toolkit guide (.pdf).

D&I Action Plan through Mathamatica Research

  • Establish a starting point for planning D&I activities
  • Consolidate useful information and gather additional information to plan and conduct D&I activities
  • Assess the tradeoffs of different D&I approaches
  • Develop plans to assess the effectiveness of D&I activities
  • Outline a path forward

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Advancing Excellence in Health Care

This D&I toolkit was developed to help researchers evaluate their research and develop effective and appropriate dissemination plans. With a focus on assessing the “real world” impact, this tool aids patient safety researchers to go beyond publishing and presenting and into the workforce.

Summary of planning tool:

  1. Research findings and products—What is going to be disseminated?
  2. End users—Who will apply it in practice?
  3. Dissemination partners—Individuals, organizations or networks through whom you can reach end users?
  4. Communication—How you convey the research outcomes?
  5. Evaluation—How you determine what worked?
  6. Dissemination work plan—Where you start?

Center for Research in Implementation Science and Prevention (CRISP) at UC Denver – D&I in Health Training Guide and Workbook

This 2013 D&I navigation guide, created by the UC Denver CRISP, seeks to enable and equip researchers to close the gap between research and practice in the health field. It focuses on five main topics:

  • Why D&I is important
  • Definitions, theories, and concepts
  • Strategies and tools for designing successful D&I interventions
  • Recommendations for evaluation design and measurement
  • Tips for success – for researchers and practitioners

Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CFIR)

Fostering implementation of health services research findings into practice: a consolidated framework for advancing implementation science by Laura J Damschroder, David C Aron, Rosalind E Keith, Susan R Kirsh, Jeffery A Alexander, and Julie C Lowery.

  • Intervention characteristics
  • Inner and Outer Setting
  • Individuals Involved
  • The Process by Which Implementation is Accomplished

The CFIR is a tool for researchers to translate their findings into meaningful patient outcomes across multiple settings and studies.

Reach, Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation, Maintenance (RE-AIM)

The Reach Effectiveness Adoption Implementation Maintenance Framework was developed to enhance public health efforts in research translation.

  • Reach your intended target population
  • Efficacy or effectiveness
  • Adoption by target staff, settings, or institutions
  • Implementation consistency, costs and adaptations made during delivery
  • Maintenance of intervention effects in individuals and settings over time

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