Practicing Implementation

May 14, 2024

"Having power is not nearly as important as what you choose to do with it."
-Roald Dahl

Power dynamics are at play in almost every aspect of our lives, shaping our relationships in obvious and subtle ways. Whether acknowledged or not, power influences how decisions are made, which... Read more

November 14, 2023

It's Fall, y’all! Autumn is known as a time of harvest and abundance, as well as a time of change. Thus, it is a good time for reflection. It was this time two years ago that I wrote a blog introducing version 3.0 of the National Implementation Research Network, reflecting on the past, present, and future. This time, I am... Read more

May 9, 2023

The Active Implementation Hub is a free, online learning environment for use by any interested party — practitioners, educators, coaches, trainers, purveyors — involved in the active implementation and scaling up of programs and innovations. The site goal is to increase the knowledge and improve the performance of persons actively... Read more

October 10, 2022

It’s hard to overstate data’s importance throughout the stages of implementation (Proctor et al., 2011). Specifically, data can offer vital glimpses into the otherwise opaque functioning of complex systems.... Read more

September 7, 2022
Yolanda Perkins & Rebekah Hornak

How is sustainability defined within the context of implementation science? As we prepared for the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) team's June meeting, we found ourselves pondering this question―but with no definitive answer available on NIRN's Active Implementation Hub.... Read more

July 26, 2022
Stephanie Kennedy & Kathleen Ryan Jackson

Implementation and Improvement are two fields of science that overlap and have unique characteristics and language. 

When a new practice or program doesn’t seem to be working as hoped, organizations may find it tempting to change course as quickly as... Read more

January 10, 2022

Have you ever felt like you have tunnel vision? Is your work so focused that sometimes you wonder what other perspectives you could miss? The team at the National Implementation Research Network often utilizes the Active... Read more

October 20, 2021

Leadership changes within an organization provide opportunities to assess, reflect, and act. It is a time of excitement but also a time that can bring anxiety. NIRN’s leadership change is also occurring as we are faced with significant life-changing events in human services with the ongoing pandemic, social justice needs, and the high... Read more

January 12, 2021
Marita Brack, Laura Louison, Judy Thomson, and Allison Metz

Many thanks to all of the amazing participants from around the globe who joined the UNC Institute on Implementation Science virtual session on November 17th. The webinar included:

June 16, 2020
Julia Moore & Allison Metz

As organizations try to implement evidence-based programs and practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, they face new implementation challenges. One of the common issues is how to adapt evidence-based programs/practices and implementation strategies to accommodate for changes to the way we work and live during the pandemic. Just as we want our... Read more