Implementation Science

AMGA uses rigorous research methodologies for evaluating the uptake, adoption, and integration of evidence-based practices, interventions, and policies into routine health care in clinical, organizational, or policy contexts. For example, we use the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CFIR), which provides a menu of constructs that have been associated with effective implementation. CFIR provides a practical guide for systematically assessing potential barriers and facilitators in preparation for implementing an intervention.

How is Implementation Research Different?

  • Bridges gap between clinical research, everyday practice, public health
  • Builds knowledge base about HOW health information, interventions, new clinical practices, guidelines, and policies are transmitted and translated for healthcare service in specific settings
  • Variety of research designs, methodological approaches, and partnerships with key stakeholder groups (patients, providers, organizations, systems, communities): science of engagement
  • Develops and tests ways to effectively and efficiently integrate evidence-based practices, interventions, and policies into routine health settings

Implementation Science
Source: ICTR UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

Many factors can influence the success of implementation. We know that commitment, involvement, and accountability of leaders and managers leads to a stronger implementation climate and greater implementation success. Implementation science fosters learning across and between disciplines enabling researchers to learn from practitioners and vice versa. Many elements of implementation science can benefit from shared learning (strategy and culture; leadership development; communication; relationships with and among care teams; engaging patients and families, as well as payers; financial and compensation models; IT support; and monitoring and evaluation).