Newsletter - May 2015


  1. Chaillet N, Dumont A, Abrahamowicz M, Pasquier JC, Audibert F, Monnier P, Abenhaim HA, Dubé E, Dugas M, Burne R, Fraser WD; QUARISMA Trial Research Group.
    N Engl J Med. 2015 Apr 30;372(18):1710-21. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1407120.

  2. Foy R1, Sales A2,3, Wensing M4, Aarons GA5, Flottorp S6, Kent B7, Michie S8, O'Connor D9, Rogers A10, Sevdalis N11, Straus S12, Wilson P13.
    Implement Sci. 2015 Apr 17;10(1):51. doi: 10.1186/s13012-015-0240-2.

  3. Kegeles SM1, Rebchook G2, Tebbetts S3, Arnold E4; TRIP Team.
    Implement Sci. 2015 Apr 17;10(1):50. doi: 10.1186/s13012-015-0216-2.

  4. Makkar SR1, Gilham F2, Williamson A3, Bisset K4.
    Implement Sci. 2015 Apr 23;10(1):56. doi: 10.1186/s13012-015-0241-1.

  5. Nilsen P1.
    Implement Sci. 2015 Apr 21;10(1):53. doi: 10.1186/s13012-015-0242-0.

Resource of the Month

  • The Resource of the Month for May is the Implementation Network. The Implementation Network distributes information on late-breaking research, practice, and policy activities in implementation science. Dr. Wynne Norton, Editor-in-Chief, and Allyson Varley, PhD student, provide some background information on the Network, explain our search and inclusion criteria, and describe our future goals for the Network.


    The Network is managed by Wynne E. Norton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Health Behavior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. She is assisted by her PhD student, Allyson Varley.

    What is the Implementation Network? 

    • The Implementation Network is a free e-newsletter and associated website that provides late-breaking information about research, practice and policy activities in implementation science in health. It is purposely structured to collate and distribute relevant information across health delivery settings and health conditions in an attempt to break down silos and encourage cross-fertilization of ideas in implementation science. 
    • The Implementation Network currently has approximately 2,100 subscribers worldwide. 

    Click here to read the full interview with Dr. Norton about the Implementation Network.

General Announcements


    Dates are confirmed for the 2015 HSR&D/QUERI National Conference! The conference will be held from July 8-10 in Philadelphia, with the Career Development Conference scheduled for July 8. Check for updates regarding travel and hotel reservations on the meeting website or Twitter. We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

    •  Meeting website:
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  • 2015 AHI Meeting in conjunction with the QSEN Institute
    Advancing the Methods of Evaluation of Quality and Safety Practice and Education
    October 29-30, 2015
    Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, Alexandria, VA
    Deadline is June 15, 2015
    The Academy for Healthcare Improvement is offering its premier scholarly healthcare QI research conference in the fall of 2015 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, Alexandria, VA. The AHI fosters an interprofessional community that advances quality improvement in health care through educational activities. This meeting is intended to be an international, interprofessional meeting and is open for anyone interested in the best methods for healthcare and health professions education QI research. 

    Abstracts will be considered for presentation on key issues around quality improvement research, education and evaluation from a scholarly point of view. Strong study design, well-described methods and analytic approaches, constructs and theory of implementation, and best practices for evaluation of healthcare delivery improvement are desired. Abstracts on the design, implementation and evaluation of QI educational interventions are also desired. Abstracts of ongoing projects as well as completed studies will be considered. Top-rated abstracts in each category will be selected for oral presentation. Additional highly rated abstracts will be selected for poster presentation. 

    Click here to read more about the conference or to submit an abstract.


  • Thursday, May 7, 11:00am ET
    QUERI Implementation Seminar
    Creating a Patient Engagement Workbook for Research Teams by Sarah Madrid, MA, CRN
    Click here to view the archived webinar.

    Monday, May 18, 2:00pm ET
    Spotlight on Evidence-based Synthesis Program
    Electronic Health Record-based Intervention for Reducing Innappropriate Imagin in the Clincal Setting: A Systematic Review of the Evidence by Paul Shekelle, MD, MPH; Sherrill Snuggs, ACNP; Charles Anderson, MD, PhD
    Click here to register for this webinar.

  • NCI Advanced Topics in Implementation Science (IS) Research Webinar Series
    Use of theory in implementation research; Pragmatic application and scientific advancement of the knowledge-to-action (KTA) cycle
    Thursday, May 28, 1:00-2:00pm ET

    Join us for our next Advanced Topics in Dissemination & Implementation Research webinar hosted by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Division of Cancer Control & Population Sciences Implementation Science Team.
    On Thursday, May 28, 2015 from 1:00-2:00 pm ET, Dr. Sharon Straus will present “Use of theory in implementation research; Pragmatic application and scientific advancement of the knowledge-to-action (KTA) cycle”.  In follow up to our January session, “Applying Models and Frameworks to D&I Research: An Overview & Analysis” we have developed a suite of webinars that will delve deeper into popular D&I frameworks, operationalization, and specific examples where they have been used. May’s seminar will introduce the knowledge-to-action cycle and its application in a series of studies highlighting its use to guide data collection, analyses and its potential for syntheses and to guide tailoring of implementation strategies.
    The session will include approximately 35 minutes of discussion from our speaker and 25 minutes for engaged discussion and Q&A with the audience.

    Click here to register for the webinar

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET
    Creating environments where healthy behaviors are socially supported and accessible is essential in preventing cancer and reducing health disparities.  In our May NCI Research to Reality cyber-seminar, we will highlight two innovative and successful interventions designed to redress these challenges in Latino communities.
    Dr. Elva Arredondo will describe the Faith in Action (Fe en Acción) study designed to improve the health of Latina women in San Diego. The study aims to increase moderate to vigorous physical activity among churchgoing Latina women while evaluating the impact of the built environment on physical activity in various communities throughout San Diego.  She will conclude the presentation by discussing challenges and solutions to implementing health promotion programs in faith based organizations in Latino communities. 
    Dr. Guadalupe Ayala will describe an innovative social- and structural-change store-based intervention to increase availability and accessibility of fruits and vegetables in tiendas (small-to medium-sized Latino food stores) and purchasing and consumption of fruits and vegetables among tienda customers. She will conclude by presenting new measurement approaches for assessing the food environment and discussing opportunities to translate the intervention to other settings.
    Click here to register for the webinar.

  • Tue, May 12, 2015 10:00 PM - 11:00 PM CDT

    Join us for the Australian Implementation Network’s inaugural webinar. 

    Professor Jo Rycroft-Malone will discuss evidence, context, theory/framing and methods of implementation science in healthcare. Jo is a Professor of Health Services and Implementation Research at Bangor University. Over the past 6 years she has developed an internationally recognised Implementation Research programme, Implement@Bangor, including the development of the first Professional Doctorate in Implementation. Live introduction and questions will be moderated by Dr Robyn Mildon.

    Click here to register for the webinar.

Job Opportunities

  • The Child Health Evaluative Sciences (CHES) Program is seeking an exceptional scientist with expertise in the areas of qualitative methodology, child and youth mental health, and child health outcomes, who is interested in exploiting the unique research environment provided by Canada’s largest Pediatric hospital-based research institute. The position is allied with the Community Health Systems Research Group, nested within the Child Health Evaluative Sciences program of the Research Institute. CHES’s mission is to ensure the highest quality child and family-centred clinical research is performed by the researchers at SickKids. Our aim is to improve the welfare of children by basing health care decisions on the best possible evidence.

    Individuals with an independent research program and who employ and develop cutting edge qualitative and mixed methodologies to achieve this goal are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to candidates with an interest and experience in a) qualitative and mixed methods research methodology, notably around child mental health, b) the application of innovative knowledge translation methods and/or implementation science, and c) evidence of collaboration with community, clinicians and scientists. The candidates must have a proven record of achievement in peer-reviewed publications, independent and collaborative research funding, teaching, and graduate student supervision.

    The successful candidates for this research position must have a PhD degree with an outstanding post-doctoral record (or equivalent) of research productivity. They will be expected to establish links to ongoing research endeavors within the Hospital, to maintain an externally funded research program, and to hold an academic appointment in the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto. CHSRG scientists are affiliated with Psychiatry at SickKids, and with the Division of Child and Youth Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto.

    Interested applicants should e-mail their application (curriculum vitae, description of past and proposed research, and three representative publications) in PDF format to Marie Tavares, Program Manager, at:

    The University of Washington School of Public Health is seeking one or two faculty members in the area of Implementation Science. Each of these positions may be at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor level and may be tenured or tenure-track, without tenure, or research faculty position, depending on the qualifications, interests, and experience of the successful candidate.

    The University of Washington (UW) School of Public Health is one of the nation’s leading Schools of Public Health. It is based at a top public university with an extraordinary breadth of sister colleges and schools, including five other health sciences schools, and schools of law, business, engineering, arts and sciences, environment, built environments, public affairs, and others. The UW School of Public Health has identified strategic opportunities for leadership in research and educational programs focused on some of the most profound challenges facing public health in the coming decades. One of those areas is public health implementation science.

    The successful candidate will be expected to participate in teaching, research, and service. Applicants from any discipline relevant to implementation science are encouraged to apply. While significant experience overseas is not a requirement, candidates with this experience are particularly encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will be passionate about their areas of expertise, be eager to engage in collaborative research, and have a strong record of achievement. A doctoral degree (or foreign equivalent) in a relevant field is required. Candidates for the rank of Associate Professor must have a strong record of scholarship with experience as a principal investigator or collaborator on implementation science and experience in graduate student advising and teaching. Candidates for the rank of Assistant Professor must demonstrate the potential to become independent investigators and teachers.

    The UW School of Public Health is strongly committed to a diverse academic community. We view diversity as essential to our mission. For more information on our commitment, please see the following website:

    To apply, submit: a letter of interest that a) identifies your relevant teaching, research, service and leadership experience, and your commitment to diversity, and b) describes your interests, experience and vision related to implementation science. Please include a curriculum vitae and the names of four references and send all to

    Review of applications will begin May 11, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled.
    University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service.

    Roles and Responsibilities:
    The Senior Improvement Advisor for HIV/AIDS, TB & Infectious Diseases on the USAID ASSIST Project will work in a portfolio of global initiatives and in-country activities in Latin America, Africa, Russia, Asia, and the Near East. Please note: To be considered, he or she must be eligible to work full-time in the United States for an indefinite period of time. With primary responsibility for core-funded initiatives under the ASSIST project, s/he will provide technical guidance to the development and expansion of innovative new frameworks for chronic care and other methods for quality improvement in caring for patients with HIV/AIDS, TB, and other infectious diseases. The Senior Improvement Advisor for HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria & Infectious Diseases will also support Mission-funded project activities and will work in collaboration with host-country colleagues on directly improving systems for the care and treatment of patients with HIV/AIDS, including Antiretroviral Therapy (ART), the prevention of maternal to infant transmission (PMTCT), TB, malaria and other infectious diseases. More information on the USAID ASSIST Project is available at

    URC seeks a Healthcare Improvement Fellow to work closely with, report to, and provide support to the Senior Vice President, Quality and Performance Institute(QPI) and Director, USAID ASSIST Project. The position requires highlevels of confidentiality and flexibility in work hours. This position is responsible for coordination and participation with the SVP in the everyday management of a large global health systems strengthening and improvement portfolio, including: a variety of on-site and off-site meetings with the primary role of preparing for and following upon actions from the meetings; relationship management and business development with partners such as USAID, WHO, World Bank, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CDC, Harvard School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University; creating budgets and scopes of work for projects; providing technical inputs for project presentations and documents, include peer-reviewed publications; and reviewing and drafting e-mailcommunications of the SVP; participation in high-level planning on ways to advance the field of implementation science in low- and middle-income countries.
    This is a technical Fellowship of one year duration, extendable to two years. Itis intended to provide an opportunity for the Fellow to see what it is like tomanage a large global health portfolio through supporting the SVP.
    Click here for more information about this job announcement or to apply.

Training Opportunities

  • Indiana University School of Medicine is offering the nation's first and only Certificate in Innovation and Implementation Science.

    Sweeping reform and complex market forces are transforming the way health care is delivered and managed in the United States. Until now training needed for clinicians (doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, social workers, etc.) and healthcare administrators to spearhead these changes has not existed.

    The new part-time graduate level certificate program blends online instruction with one weekend per month classroom instruction in Indy.

    Clinicians and administrators earning the certificate will be equipped to spearhead the discovery and implementation of new cost-effective, patient-centric and value-based care delivery models, as well as implement evidence-based practices into routine patient care by applying innovation and implementation science concepts into their everyday work environments in a wide range of setting including physician offices, clinics, therapy centers, surgical practices, health care agencies, hospitals, and industry.

    Click here to learn more about this certificate program.

  • Please join us for the 12th Annual Qualitative Research Summer Intensive course "Implementation Research: Using Qualitative Research Methods to Improve Policy" with instructor Alison Hamilton Monday-Tuesday July 27-28, 2015.

    Implementation research aims to integrate research findings into policy and practice.  In order to improve the quality and effectiveness of routine practice, implementation researchers collect qualitative data about the everyday behaviors and beliefs of practitioners and other professionals, stakeholders, and recipients of services.  During data collection, special attention is paid to factors that both facilitate and impede effective execution and implementation of major programs and service delivery. The end goal is to increase the likelihood of uptake, adoption, implementation, and sustainability of evidence-based practices.

    To provide fundamental knowledge and skill to help facilitate your own work, the course walks through critical components of building and carrying out an implementation research project:

    • Developing appropriate implementation research questions and specific aims
    • Selecting conceptual models
    • Strategizing about study design
    • Determining appropriate, feasible qualitative data collection methods
    • Executing qualitative analytic strategies
    • Generating timely and impactful implementation research products

    The application of methodological concepts will be illustrated via examples from implementation research in the context of varied settings such as healthcare organizations, educational institutions, and communities.

    Participants will be provided with materials and bibliographies to support the practice of qualitative methods in implementation research.

    Click here for more information on how to participate in the course.