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(49) Advancing the Implementation Science of Community Systems Change: Complexity- and Community Capacity-Based Frameworks, Tools, and Techniques

Session Number: 49
Track: Professional Development Workshops
Session Type: Professional Development Workshops
Workshop Lead Presenter: Margaret Hargreaves [Principal Associate at Community Science]
Other Workshop Presenter: David M Chavis [Principal Associate/CEO - Community Science]
Time: Nov 11, 2015 (12:00 PM - 03:00 PM)
Room: Plaza B

Audience Level: Beginner
Learning Outcomes: • How to identify the underlying principles and theoretical assumptions of different kinds of implementation science (IS) models and frameworks
• How to align different IS frameworks and approaches with the dynamics of different program interventions and contexts
• How to develop and use appropriate IS models for community capacity-building and system change programs and contexts of different complexity
Facilitation Experience: Margaret Hargreaves, Ph.D., Principal Associate has expertise in the areas of community and systems change, health care reform, population health, health equity, family and children services, and program evaluation. She is nationally recognized for her methodological expertise and experience conducting complex systems analyses and evaluations. She is deputy director of the assessment of the Youth Violence Prevention Resources Center, which provides training and technical assistance to Safe Schools/Healthy Students and Project LAUNCH grantees funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), US Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Hargreaves is recipient of the Marcia Guttentag Promising New Evaluator award in 2011. She also has authored many journal articles and publications on systems change analyses and evaluations, including Rapid Evaluation Approaches for Complex Initiatives (2014); Advancing Systems Thinking in Evaluation: A Review of Four Publications published in the American Journal of Evaluation (2012); and Evaluating System Change: A Planning Guide (April 2010). She is chair of the Systems in Evaluation Topical Interest Group of the American Evaluation Association. Dr. Hargreaves is an experienced facilitator of AEA workshops.
David Chavis, PhD, president and CEO of Community Science, has made significant contributions to building the capacity of foundations, nonprofit organizations, and public agencies to research and evaluate community and systems change. With three decades of experience, he has led the implementation and evaluation of comprehensive community initiatives at both national and local levels, with an emphasis on integrating science- and practice-based knowledge. At Community Science, Dr. Chavis is responsible for the organization's development and leadership. He also leads national, statewide, and local evaluations of community and systems change initiatives, organizational and community capacity building, and multisectoral collaborations devoted to health promotion, violence and substance-abuse prevention, youth development, children's mental health, and community organizing. He currently directs the evaluation of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center's technical assistance and training. Dr. Chavis has been internationally recognized for his work as an evaluator, consultant, and trainer regarding community capacity building. He has been published in scientific and practitioner publications on this topic as well as provided assistance to federal government and foundations on the implementation of strategies for capacity building of organizations and communities as well as the evaluation of these strategies. His clients have included the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, The California Endowment, the Annie E Casey Foundation, and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. Dr. Chavis has not only conducted training and other professional development activities for the previously mentioned organizations, but he has also conducted workshops for the Evaluators Institute (founding faculty), the Corporation For National and Community Service, Points of Light Foundation, and the Alliance for Non Profit Management.

Session Abstract:  Many Implementation Science (IS) models and frameworks have been developed to assess the quality of the dissemination and implementation of discrete evidence-based programs and practices in different organizational and community settings. However, virtually all IS frameworks omit systems- and policy-level factors that may affect successful implementation, scale-up, and spread of larger, more complex community and systems change initiatives. This workshop is designed to help attendees identify and use the IS frameworks and principles that appropriate for complex interventions and situational dynamics.


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