Newsletter - January 2015


  1. Aarons GA, Green AE, Willging CE, Ehrhart MG, Roesch SC, Hecht DB, Chaffin MJ.
    Implement Sci. 2014 Dec 10;9(1):183. [Epub ahead of print]

  2. Bunger AC1, Hanson RF, Doogan NJ, Powell BJ, Cao Y, Dunn J.
    Adm Policy Ment Health. 2014 Dec 27. [Epub ahead of print]

  3. Dickinson LM1, Dickinson WP, Nutting PA, Fisher L, Harbrecht M, Crabtree BF, Glasgow RE, West DR.
    J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Dec 4. [Epub ahead of print]

  4. Duan N1, Bhaumik DK, Palinkas LA, Hoagwood K.
    Adm Policy Ment Health. 2014 Dec 10. [Epub ahead of print]

  5. Gagnon MP1, Attieh R2, Ghandour el K2, Légaré F3, Ouimet M4, Estabrooks CA5, Grimshaw J6.
    PLoS One. 2014 Dec 4;9(12):e114338. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0114338. eCollection 2014.

  6. Glanz K1, Escoffery C, Elliott T, Nehl EJ.
    Am J Public Health. 2014 Dec 18:e1-e9. [Epub ahead of print]

  7. Hoomans T, Severens JL.
    Implement Sci. 2014 Dec 18;9(1):168. [Epub ahead of print]

  8. Reed JE1, McNicholas C1, Woodcock T1, Issen L1, Bell D1.
    BMJ Qual Saf. 2014 Dec;23(12):1040-8. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2014-003103. Epub 2014 Oct 15.

  9. Rubenstein LV, Danz MS, Crain A, Glasgow RE, Whitebird RR, Solberg LI.
    Implement Sci. 2014 Dec 2;9(1):173. [Epub ahead of print]

Resource of the Month


    The Implementation Network's Resource of the Month for January is the Billions Institute. The Billions Institute supports foundations and non-profits in taking their striking successes to a global scale. Joe McCannon, co-founder, has been kind enough to provide us with a brief description of his organization.

    What is the Billions Institute (overall objectives/mission statement/purpose)? Who founded it and why? Where can someone learn more about it?

    Becky Kanis Margiotta and Joe McCannon founded the Billions Institute after leading, supporting and studying large-scale change efforts in multiple sectors, including health care, public health, homelessness and corrections. The organization's work is rooted in the belief that effective large-scale change is always possible but that it requires relentless action and learning, and exceptional operations and logistics. The Billions Institute is a practice-based organization; the majority of its work consists of ongoing projects - in different social sectors - to expand successful prototypes (though we do aim to make our work completely transparent to those who seek to learn from it).

    Click here to read our full interview with Joe McCannon.

General Announcements

  • Process evaluation of complex interventions

    UK Medical Research Council (MRC) guidance 

    Aims and scope
    This document provides researchers, practitioners, funders, journal editors and policy-makers with guidance in planning, designing, conducting and appraising process evaluations of complex interventions. 

    The background, aims and scope are set out in more detail in Chapter 1, which provides an overview of core aims for process evaluation, and introduces the framework which guides the remainder of the document. 

    The guidance is then divided into two core sections: Process Evaluation Theory (Section A)and Process Evaluation Practice (Section B). Section A brings together a range of theories and frameworks which can inform process evaluation, and current debates. Section B provides a more practical ‘how to’ guide. 

    The guidance is written from the perspectives of researchers with experience of process evaluations alongside trials of complex public health interventions (interventions focused upon primary or secondary prevention of disease, or positive health promotion, rather than treatment of illness). 

    However, it is also relevant to stakeholders from other research domains, such as health services or education. 

    This executive summary will provide a brief overview of why process evaluation is necessary, what it is, and how to plan, design and conduct a process evaluation. It signposts readers to chapters of the document in which they will find more detail on the issues discussed. 

    Read the full document here.


  • 3rd Biennial Society for Implementation Research Collaboration

    Advancing Efficient Methodologies through Community Partnerships and Team Science


    The 3rd biennial NIMH-funded SIRC conference will be held September 25-26, 2015. The theme for this conference is “Advancing Efficient Methodologies through Community Partnerships and Team Science.” The goal of this conference is to advance the tenet of Efficiency and Speed, which reflects the use of prudent and swift methods to study dissemination and implementation to make findings applicable in a timely manner and limit the burden placed on administrators, staff, and providers (Glasgow et al., 2012).

    It is challenging to accomplish most anything in a way that is efficient and yet preserves quality and resources. Implementation research is no exception. We are looking forward to highlighting proposals that advance efficient methodologies at the intersection of the principles: good, cheap, and fast. Ideally, our implementation science research methods and strategies for evidence-based practice integration would optimize all three principles, though it remains unclear how close we can come to this ideal. Priority will be given to abstracts that address the overall conference theme, and that present high-quality data to support abstract conclusions. Presentations on conceptual models that offer an innovative and efficient approach to implementation research are welcomed, particularly if they have been tested and offer an innovative and efficient approach to implementation. Abstracts addressing the following topics are encouraged, but this list is not meant to be exhaustive.

    Examples include:

    • Fidelity assessment of multiple EBPs
    • Analysis of qualitative data
    • Use of electronic health records or administrative data (i.e. existing program resources to promote evaluation)
    • (Continuous) Quality Improvement or examples of iterative small scale trials of change
    • Use of decision support tools
    • Hybrid designs (effectiveness-implementation hybrids)
    • Community-led evaluations (stakeholder involvement to reduce burden and increase relevance)
    • Models/methods for reducing turnover
    • Models/methods that expedite implementation and planning for sustainment, looking beyond training
    • Methods that can rapidly inform health care practice
    • Technological solutions: Machine learning, textual analysis, strategies for managing big data
    • Training efficiency: How low can you go?  Or how can you do it differently to keep the bar high? 
    • Adaptive and SMART designs
    • Matching models of implementation to system needs and capacities
    • Use of computer-based/online implementation methodologies

    Please follow the appropriate link below to submit your proposal(s).

    SIRC 2015 - Call for Talk Proposals

    SIRC 2015 - Call for Poster Proposals

    The deadline for submissions is February 13, 2015.




    Pragmatic randomized controlled trials reliably work out which of several healthcare interventions works best under real-world conditions.

    The course begins February 15, 2015.

    For more information or to register, click here.

  • Thursday, January 8, 12:00pm ET
    QUERI Implementation Seminar
    The Minimum Quality Criteria Set (MQCS) for critical appraisal of the QI literature: Advancing the science of quality improvement by Lisa Rubenstein, MD
    Click here to register for this webinar.


    Tuesday, January 20, 12:00pm ET
    VIReC Clinical Informatics Seminar
    Integrating Systems Improvement with Informatics Tool Development: Evidence Based Results by Heather Woodward-Hagg, Ph.D. and Midhilesh Mulpuri, MBA
    Click here to register for this webinar.

    Thursday, January 22, 1:00pm ET
    QUERI Implementation Seminar
    Evaluating implementation and combining improvement and implementation sciecens by John Øvretveit, PhD
    Click here to register for this webinar.

    Tuesday, January 27, 3:00pm ET
    Timely Topics of Interest 
    The Basics of Shared Decision Making by Angie Fagerlin, PhD
    Click here to register for this webinar.


  • The Social Network: Using Twitter to Translate and Disseminate Evidence

    This is the second webinar in a three-part webinar series.

    Thursday, January 15, 2015, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. EST

    register button

    Overview: The social platform Twitter is an important vehicle -- and one that those in health research and policy can use for disseminating health innovations and evidence. As of January 2014, 19 percent of online adults use Twitter and -- of that group -- half use the site to acquire news. Then, and perhaps equally important, nearly 70 percent of journalists are on the site, providing incredible opportunity to engage with media who cover health and health care policy. 

    With Twitter's significant online user presence and competing subjects, how do you stand out in the noise, identify and connect with the right people, and manage the flow of information to maximize your efforts?

    This webinar, the second in a series sponsored by the EDM Forum in collaboration with the AcademyHealth Translation and Dissemination Institute, will discuss strategies for moving knowledge into action through Twitter, based on feedback from researchers and media who are active in the space.

Job Opportunities

  • The UCLA Fielding School of Public Health is conducting a search to fill a tenure-track or tenured faculty position in the Department of Health Policy and Management. We seek an energetic, innovative researcher, teacher, and thought leader to work collaboratively with the faculty in shaping the future of health sector management, health information technology, and health systems redesign and delivery. Applicants must have a strong record of peer- reviewed publications, commensurate with level of appointment sought, and demonstrated potential to move a global health agenda forward.

    Qualifications: Qualifications include a strong record of research and teaching (commensurate with the level of appointment sought) and an earned doctorate in business administration, health administration, health services research, health policy, psychology, sociology, organizational behavior, or other relevant discipline at the time of appointment. Experience in conducting extramurally funded research is preferred.

    Responsibilities: The new faculty member will teach courses as well as advise students at the MPH, MS, or PhD level in healthcare management, and will conduct research in implementation science, health workforce issues, or any area of healthcare management, such as operations, finance, or health information technology. Applicants must have demonstrated research or teaching in global health. The Department defines global health management broadly to include management of public or private healthcare delivery systems, management of public health departments, and management of public or non- governmental organizations that promote population health. Global expertise in low, middle or high-income countries will be considered.

    The first round of applications will be reviewed beginning December 2014. The Search Committee will consider applications until the position is filled. All applications will be kept strictly confidential. Faculty appointment level and salary will be determined based on the candidates’ experience and qualifications. This position is a 9-month, tenure-track or tenured position, and must be vetted by the University’s Council on Academic Personnel and approved by the Vice Chancellor. 

    For more information, or to apply click here.


    Behavioral Health Implementation Research Scientist

    Job Responsibilities:

    PolicyLab is seeking a Behavioral Health Implementation Research Scientist to manage a citywide behavioral health implementation initiative serving children and families involved with child welfare in the City of Philadelphia. The research scientist will work in close collaboration with City child welfare and behavioral health leadership and staff, partners from private provider child welfare and behavioral health agencies, as well as other key City stakeholders. The behavioral health initiative is part of a broader system transformation in Philadelphia that is regionalizing child welfare services to community agencies.  The priority of this broader initiative is to identify resources to support children remaining safely in their own homes and communities. 

    Instructions for Applying:

    Interested candidates should email your resume and cover letter to:  Shaun Jenkins, PolicyLab Office Manager, at

    Should you have any questions, please email For more information about PolicyLab, see

    Click here for the full job announcement

  • The University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Medicine and Public Health is seeking candidates for a Clinical Health Sciences (CHS) faculty appointment (non-tenured) in the Department of Population Health Sciences with expertise in program planning and evaluation, evaluation research, and/or dissemination and implementation research. He/she would be expected to lead a program in evaluation and evaluation research, with special emphasis on evaluation of obesity prevention and intervention initiatives and strategies. The successful candidate will demonstrate at least 5 years of expertise in applied program planning and evaluation and evaluation research, including dissemination and implementation research, in one or more of the following fields: obesity prevention and intervention; public health; community-based participatory research; maternal and child health; health care quality improvement; substance abuse and mental health; or other related areas. Candidates should have demonstrated experience and leadership skills required to expand a service-oriented planning and evaluation program, and established scholarship in applied and community-engaged research. Candidates must also have a history of extramural funding, including federal and foundation-sponsored grants programs. Candidates must have a PhD, MD, or similar advanced degree and must meet criteria for appointment and promotion on the CHS track per UW School of Medicine and Public Health guidelines.

    To apply, submit a letter of interest (referencing PVL# 80316; for the complete job description, please see: ) and CV with names and contact information for three references, to F. Javier Nieto, Chair, Department of Population Health Sciences, 610 Walnut Street, 707 WARF, Madison, WI 53726 or by email to Review of applications will begin November 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, complete applications must be received by January 1, 2015.

    For more information about the Department of Population Health Sciences see: Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding the names of applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.