ImpleNet: Spring 2016

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News, Notes and Discussion from the
National Implementation Research Network

Spring 2016



NIRN White Paper Series

The National Implementation Research Network has begun an agenda to release a set of white papers on Active Implementation concepts, tools and practice.  The first in the series is entitled, “Practice Profiles: A Process for Capturing Evidence and Operationalizing Innovations.” In it, NIRN’s Allison Metz provides the research and rationales behind Practice Profiles. Likewise, the paper documents methodology that facilitates the development of Practice Profiles.  The second in the series, to be released summer 2016, will be entitled: “Context matters: Recommendations for Funders & Purveyors to accept the challenge of implementation in rural communities.”

Download: Practice Profiles: A Process for Capturing Evidence and Operationalizing Innovations (PDF)




Implementation Capacity Assessments

For several decades, members of the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) have been developing implementation capacity in human service systems and organizations.  These experiences coupled with ongoing reviews and syntheses of the implementation evaluation literature provide a rich experiential and data base to inform the development of the implementation capacity assessments.  NIRN’s Dean Fixsen and Caryn Ward recently took time out to capture the history and research behind NIRN’s implementation capacity assessments.  Likewise, the online resource offers examples of NIRN capacity assessment items and provides linkages to online capacity assessment training.

Read More: Introduction to Implementation Capacity Assessments (HTML)

Co-Creative Capacity

The Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) team for co-creative capacity, led by Allison Metz and Deborah Ghate, gathered for their initial meeting in Annapolis, MD, April 18-20.  This team of international scholars and change agents exchanged ideas in preparation for laying out some of the principles and practices underlying effective co-creation.  Many of the ideas exchanged will be shared by team members on the Integration and Implementation Insights Blog. 

View Project Description: Co-Creative Capacity (HTML)
Read Blog: Integration and Implementation Insights (HTML)




W.T. Grant Uses of Research Evidence Conference


Invited Presentation: Co-Creating the Infrastructure for Implementing Evidence-Based Practice
Allison Metz

In 2009, The W.T. Grant Foundation launched an initiative to study research use in the worlds of policy and practice. The study of how research evidence is used in policy and practice is not new. What is new is, findings across all systems and levels of policy suggest that relationships and the way research evidence is produced matters more than previously conceived.  In this presentation, Allison Metz shared insight on the emerging concept of “co-creation” and its promise for human service fields.


American Education Research Association Annual Conference (AERA), Washington DC


Workshop: Use of Research and Tools From Implementation Science to Design More Useful Evaluations of Education Initiatives
Dean Fixsen and Caryn Ward

This AERA pre-conference workshop focused on applying recent research findings and tools from the field of implementation science. Organized by AERA’ s Division H (Research, Evaluation, and Assessment in Schools), the course focused on increasing education researchers’ knowledge of approaches to analyzing and evaluating the implementation of education improvement initiatives, and on using implementation science tools to increase application of research findings in improving education initiatives in schools.


Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Course: Implementation Science for Global Health
Sandra Naoom

This spring, Sandra Naoom (NIRN) and Herbert Petersen (Gillings School of Global Public Health) are co-teaching the first graduate level course on Implementation Science in Global Health at the University of North Carolina. The course focuses on introducing graduate level students to the field of implementation science and why implementation science is necessary for achieving global health goals and objectives.



What’s New on The Active Implementation Hub


Drivers Ed
Over the coming year this seven part series will provide a quick booster on each Implementation Driver, then offer an opportunity to practice and apply the driver concepts

View: Drivers Ed Part 1: Fidelity (17 min. 52 sec.)
View: Drivers Ed Part 2: Selection (9 min. 13 sec.)

NIRN’s “Active Implementation Hub” is a free, online learning environment for use by any stakeholder — practitioners, educators, coaches, trainers, purveyors — involved in active implementation and scaling up of programs and innovations.

Visit:  The Active Implementation Hub



GIC 2017, Toronto


Since last issue, the 2016 Global Implementation Conference has announced the conference theme: “Expanding Implementation Perspectives: Engaging Systems.”   The main conference will be held at the Toronto Sheraton Centre Hotel June 20-21, 2017.  Save the date! You can check for updates and get GIC social media links on the GIC website below.

View: GIC 2017 Website (HTML)



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