Implementation Science Mini-Course

This self-directed, online mini-course provides a brief introduction to the field of implementation science through short video lectures, readings and case studies.

These introductory materials provide high-level insight into what implementation science is and briefly introduce a few frameworks commonly used in the field. These frameworks and additional topics are covered in depth through the UCSF Implementation Science Training Program, which offers in-person and online training in implementation science, with an emphasis on applied instruction for researchers as well as practitioners. Learn more here

Instructors

Foundational Work for Implementation Science: Building the Case for Evidence Translation

Our goal for this session will be to understand what implementation science is and the types of problems it seeks to address.

Objectives

By the end of this session, learners will be able to:

  • Define implementation science
  • Decide and justify whether a health care intervention has sufficient evidence to be translated/disseminated into practice, policy, or public health
  • Identify strategies and activities for engaging key stakeholders in the translation/dissemination of your evidence

Lecture Videos

Introduction to Implementation Science: Defining implementation science, Adithya Cattamanchi, MD, MAS (11:33)    View Slides (pdf 900KB)

Introduction to Implementation Science: Making the Case for Translation, Adithya Cattamanchi, MD, MA (8:08)    View Slides (pdf 800KB)

Readings

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Application of an Implementation Science Framework to Guide Intervention Design

Our goal for this session will be to understand how models/frameworks can be used to design an implementation strategy.

Objectives

By the end of this session, learners will be able to:

  • Define key steps involved in designing effective implementation strategies
  • Apply a planning model/framework to facilitate the design of an individual-level implementation strategy

Lecture Videos

Overview of Implementation Frameworks and Theories, Adithya Cattamanchi, MD, MAS (8:59)    View Slides (pdf 500KB)

A Brief Introduction to the COM-B Model, Margaret Handley, PhD, MPH (8:15)    View Slides (pdf 2MB)

Readings

Case Studies: Applying concepts to your own work

Please see the case studies that summarize the following issues related to evidence-practice gaps and stakeholder engagement in real-world practice.

  1. Describe the evidence to be translated and its relation to a health problem.
    1. What evidence (health-related behavior, test, procedure, treatment, intervention, program) will be translated?
    2. Justify the evidence is ready to be translated (including in the local context).
    3. What health problem will translation of the evidence improve? Justify selection of this health problem as a priority in the setting you plan to work.
  2. Identify stakeholder communities and conduct outreach to work with them (if not completed in step 1).
    1. List key communities/stakeholders involved in translating your evidence
    2. Consider vested interests of key communities/ stakeholders

Derived from Box 1 in: Handley MA, Gorukanti A, Cattamanchi A. Strategies for implementing implementation science: a methodological overview. Emerg Med J. 2016 Sep;33(9):660-4.

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