About NIRN

Our Mission

The mission of the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) is to contribute to the best practices and science of implementation, organization change, and system reinvention to improve outcomes across the spectrum of human services.

Our Goals

  • To advance the science of implementation across human service domains (e.g. health, education, social services).
  • To inform policies that promote implementation science and best practices in human services.
  • To ensure that the voices and experiences of diverse communities and consumers influence and guide implementation efforts.

NIRN Values

Integrity – a commitment to being honest and having strong moral principles

Informed by evidence - the integration of the best available evidence into planning and decision making

Collaboration – a commitment to work with another person or group in order to achieve or do something

Equality a commitment to addressing disparities and ensuring access to opportunities for improvement

Initiative - the ability to assess and initiate things independently

Adaptive – flexible and responsive

Accountability – a commitment to and shared responsibility for the quality of the activities and achievement of the outcomes that are being pursued

Respect - deep admiration and appreciation for colleagues who partner in this work

NIRN Principles

Apply Implementation Science: We practice Applied Implementation Science.

Pursue Socially Significant Outcomes: We engage where outcomes are expected to be socially meaningful and significant for sizable populations.

Build Implementation Capacity: We develop diversified leadership and team-based capacity for active implementation through applied learning and practice that is responsive to context.

Embrace Diverse Perspectives: We seek to include people from diverse backgrounds, culturally and professionally, and engage in shared decision-making that is responsive to diverse cultures.

Use Evidence: We engage where Evidence-Based Programs, Evidence-Informed Innovations, and Practice-Based Evidence are being promoted.

Use Data: We use data to drive decision-making.

Engage in Continuous Learning for Improvement: We strive to learn from and improve on applied implementation practice on an ongoing basis.

Share Practical Implementation Knowledge: We make implementation science available to advance the field and enable others' applied work.

Build an Adaptive Culture: We actively engage complex problems and provide supportive, adaptive assistance that builds on strengths and listens to and accepts diverse perspectives while moving work forward.

Institutionalize Change: We engage with intention to institutionalize supportive change in and across systems.

Research and evaluation are a main focus of the National Implementation Research Network. Currently, very little is known about the processes required to effectively implement evidence-based programs on a national scale. Rigorous research to support the implementation activities that are being used is even scarcer. A major goal of the National Implementation Research Network is to help establish an evidence base for the implementation processes and practices of evidence-based programs. The beginning steps in this effort have been taken with a review of the components thought to be necessary for implementation, a review of the research literature related to those components, and a review of the current implementation practices of evidence-based programs. The current work of the NIRN and the work of NIRN colleagues around the globe is creating fertile ground for rapid advancements in the science of implementation, organization change, and system reinvention.


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