Learning from Implementation Science to Improve Implementation Evaluation
Session Number: 3260
Track: Presidential Strand
Session Type: Roundtable
Tags: Implementation Science
Session Facilitator: Teresa Derrick-Mills [Senior Research Associate - The Urban Institute]
Workshop Lead Presenter: Teresa Derrick-Mills [Senior Research Associate - The Urban Institute]
Time: Nov 10, 2017 (11:00 AM - 11:45 AM)
Room: Maryland C
Theme: Learning from Others
Audience Level: Intermediate
Session Abstract (150 words):
Implementation Science was developed to improve the implementation of evidence-based programs by systematizing the implementation process. It draws attention to the stages of implementation and the drivers of implementation recognizing that implementing programs within organizations requires changes at the organizational level to adequately support the program and to integrate program philosophies and processes into the organization. Implementation evaluations document the features of program implementation including identifying key processes, procedures, challenges and workarounds, and any inconsistencies that may threaten program fidelity. The goal is sometimes to improve practices, sometimes to provide information for scale up, and sometimes to document what took place retrospectively. Rarely, however, are all the features of implementation as delineated in implementation science included in implementation evaluations. This roundtable will explore how drawing from implementation science in the conduct of implementation evaluations could improve the documentation of evidence-based practices and facilitate the translation of research to practice.
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