Implementation Science

Implementation Science Mini-Course Opportunity

There is also an opportunity for participants to take part in a 1-day course on Implementation Science, which takes place immediately following the Principles course, Friday, August 1, 2014, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, in Health Sciences Building Room T-439.

The past several decades have witnessed remarkable advances in medical science and the discovery of new medicines, vaccines, and diagnostic tools that have the capacity to lead to large improvements in global health. However, the translation of research findings into practice has been slow and uneven. As a result, many of the solutions to health problems are not applied, leading to a widening gap between what is known and what is done in 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 approaches to identify and address the barriers to effective replication and scale-up of evidence-based interventions in local settings.

This one-day mini-course provides an introduction to the emerging field of implementation science by outlining methods that are applied to improving implementation (including applied engineering, management tools, health systems and policy research).  By integrating research methodologies into program activities, implementation science is an important framework to assist program personnel to develop and test new service delivery approaches, improve the effectiveness of their programs, and inform local, national, and international policy.

The aim of the Implementation Science mini-course is to improve program managers’ and researchers’ understanding of implementation science theory and methodology. The course is aimed at people involved in STD/HIV programs, including those responsible for implementation of programmatic and research activities, and those involved in data collection, analyses and reporting.

More information about the workshop can be found on the workshop website, and presentations from prior years are available for viewing.

Participation is open to all. If interested in participating in the course or if you have any questions, please contact Brad Wagenaar (