Practicing Implementation

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

June 11, 2020
The National Implementation Research Network

The National Implementation Research Network condemns racism and police violence against Black people in the United States.

Anti-black racism has plagued this country for more than 400 years.  As we seek to support the implementation of good ideas in a range of systems, our team recognizes that all systems we work... Read more

May 13, 2020

Check out this new blog post at Integration and Implementation Insights, written by NIRN's Allison Metz. The blog post describes the importance of leading with relationships to support rapid change and considers what we can learn about the role of trust... Read more

April 21, 2020
Allison Metz, Katie Burke

While activities related to assessing need and context are often framed as an exploration or early stage activity, stakeholders in public systems and community partners describe the need to assess context beyond these early stages of implementation. We recognize that context is ever changing, and implementation support must be responsive to the... Read more

April 16, 2020
Allison Metz, Sarah Verbiest, Todd Jensen, Amanda Farley

As we seek to support public agencies in implementing mission critical work during the pandemic, we are reminded of a fundamental approach to effective implementation practice – co-creation. Co-creation involves the authentic engagement of stakeholders, community partners, and families in planning for implementation. This includes... Read more

March 30, 2020
Allison Metz, Leah Bartley, Amanda Farley

During this time of crisis, so much has changed for the service systems we partner with.  In response, we are shifting our support from building implementation capacity to helping agencies to meet the needs of families right now, while recognizing that staff and agency resources are stressed more than ever. In child welfare, these... Read more