Course participants are invited to take part in a 1-day Implementation Science Mini-Course, held on the Friday immediately following the Principles course, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, in the University of Washington Health Sciences Building.
The past several decades have borne remarkable advances in medical science and the discovery of new medicines, vaccines, and diagnostic tools that have the potential to lead to large improvements in global health. However, the translation of research findings into practice is often slow and inconsistent. As a result, many scientific advances are not disseminated, leading to a widening gap between scientific knowledge and public health practice (what the World Health Organization refers to as the “know-do gap”). Implementation science has the potential to reduce this gap by applying systematic research and evaluation methods to identify and address barriers to effective replication and scale-up of evidence-based interventions in local settings.
This one-day mini-course introduces the emerging field of implementation science by providing an overview of key methods applied during implementation improvement (including qualitative research, quasi-randomized study designs, applied engineering principles, and health systems and policy research). By integrating research methodologies into program activities, these implementation science methods can be used to develop and test new service delivery models, improve the effectiveness of program delivery, and inform local, national, and international policy.
The purpose of the Implementation Science Mini-Course is to improve program managers’ and researchers’ understanding of implementation science theory and methodology. The course will be helpful for individuals who are responsible for implementation of programmatic and research activities, as well as those involved in data collection, analyses and reporting.
More information about the workshop can be found on the workshop website.
Participation is open to both Principles Course participants and non-participants.