Resource of the Month - March: NCI Implementation Science Team


 
The Implementation Network's Resource of the Month for March is the National Cancer Institute's Implementation Science Team. The Team has been kind enough to provide us with a brief description of what they're doing, what their website provides, as well as some upcoming events sponsored by the team.


Implementation Network (IN)What is the NCI Implementation Science Team? What does the Team do to achieve their mission of building and advancing the field of implementation science? 

Implementation Science Team (IST): The Implementation Science (IS) Team resides in the Office of the Director, Division of Cancer Control & Population Sciences, at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and was created in the year 2000.  The vision of the team is to achieve the rapid integration of scientific evidence, practice and policy, with the ultimate goal of improving the effect of research on cancer outcomes and promoting health across individual, organizational and community levels.  To accomplish this, the team has outlined three priority areas for 2013: (1) Help to build the science of Implementation Science; (2) Develop ongoing training networks; and (3) Establish robust partnerships.  You can learn more about the IS team and its 2013 goals and objectives on the Implementation Science Team website.

IN: What information do you provide on the Implementation Science Team website?

IST: The Implementation Science Team website (http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/IS/index.html) has a host of resources for those interested in conducting Implementation Science research.  Information on the website includes NIH funding opportunities for Dissemination and Implementation (D&I); an archive of previously funded D&I grants and supplements as well as portfolio analyses and select models/frameworks for D&I research.  Additionally, the IS website contains a library of relevant D&I publications, recent presentations by the IS team, as well as conference and training opportunities, such as the annual NIH/VA Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health.  While many of the resources on the IS website are primarily for a research audience, some of them, including the resources and interactive tools page on the site, are relevant for cancer control practitioners, as well.  These include: 
  • Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. (Plan, Link, Act, Network with Evidence-based Tools), an integrative web portal designed to help cancer control planners and practitioners assess the cancer burden in their area, understand cancer research and access evidence-based guidelines and programs through NCI’s Research-Tested Intervention Programs (RTIPs) website which provides intervention program summaries and implementation guidance for over 130 evidence-based cancer control programs in a variety of areas, including many not specific to cancer but that are general prevention or risk reduction programs.  Additional resources available on  Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. includes Research to Reality (R2R), an online community of practice that links cancer control practitioners and researchers and provides opportunities for discussion, learning, and enhanced collaboration on moving research into practice.
  • Cancer Trends Progress Report summarizes our nation's progress against cancer in relation to Healthy People  targets set forth by the Department of Health and Human Services. The report includes key measures of progress along the cancer control continuum and uses national trend data to illustrate where advancements have been made.
IN: What can you tell us about any exciting current or upcoming opportunities and/or activities that the Team is involved in? Like the Training Institute on Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH)?

IST: We are constantly looking for ways to improve our reach, partnerships, and the resources we provide both on the website and elsewhere to achieve our mission.  As such, we have several upcoming initiatives that should be relevant and useful to our audience. 
  • The Trans-NIH Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health PAR was re-issued in January 2013.  You can learn more about the funding opportunity as well as find resources for grant proposal writing on the Implementation Science team website (http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/IS/funding.html). 
  • In June, we will collaborate with the OBSSR, other NIH institutes, and the VA to sponsor the third annual Training Institute on Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health(TIDIRH)  being held at Washington University in St. Louis.  Although the application period for this year’s institute is closed, links to materials for previous institutes including detailed presentations, notes and references are available on our website (http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/IS/conf_train.html).  Materials for 2013 will be added after this year’s institute.
  • Since the TIDIRH is only open to a limited number of participants, we wanted to find a way to provide training to a broader audience.  Starting in April, we will kick-off a monthly webinar series on Advanced Topics for Implementation Science Research . Our guest for the first session is Dr. Gary Bennett from Duke University, who will speak about the role of implementation science research on reducing health disparities.   If you have suggestions for future topics/presenters you would like to hear, please send us an email at NCIdccpsISteam@mail.nih.gov.
  • A major focus for the Implementation Science Team in 2013 is identifying research questions and gaps within the context of patients with multiple chronic conditions, opportunities to address these issues, as well as patient-centered and pragmatic research more generally.   This includes research projects such as My Own Health Report (MOHR), a pragmatic pilot study to implement a patient-centered, web-based automated assessment and feedback tool assessing 10 health behavior and mental health domains and using 17 standardized items, provides feedback reports for patients and health care teams at primary care health centers. This project, which is designed for all adult primary care patients regardless of disease status, is a collaboration among partners at the National Cancer Institute, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) with grantee organizations conducting the research. As this project and other projects and partnerships develop, the IS team website will reflect these undertakings, related resources, and the opportunities for researchers and practitioners to become involved in our work.
To receive monthly updates on the work of the NCI Implementation Science Team with discussion of key issues in D&I science, as well as announcements about funding opportunities and upcoming trainings/webinars, email NCIdccpsISteam@mail.nih.gov and put “Subscribe” in the subject line.