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Implementation Science Research

What is Implementation Science?

Implementation Science Defined

"Implementation science is the study of methods that influence the integration of evidence-based interventions into practice settings."

Center for Research in Implementation Science and Prevention. (2019) What is Implementation Science? Retrieved from


Networks, Initiatives and Frameworks

Funding Opportunities

General Funding Guide

Databases, Articles and Readings

Highly Cited Articles

  • Damschroder, L., Aron, D., Keith, R., Kirsh, S., Alexander, J., & Lowery, J. (2009). Fostering implementation of health services research findings into practice: A consolidated framework for advancing implementation science. Implementation Science, 4(1), 50-50. doi:10.1186/1748-5908-4-50 Full Text
  • Aarons, G. A., Hurlburt, M., & Horwitz, S. M. (2011). Advancing a conceptual model of evidence-based practice implementation in public service sectors. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 38(1), 4-23. doi:10.1007/s10488-010-0327-7 Full Text
  • Proctor, E. K., Landsverk, J., Aarons, G., Chambers, D., Glisson, C., & Mittman, B. (2009). Implementation research in mental health services: An emerging science with conceptual, methodological, and training challenges. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 36(1), 24-34. doi:10.1007/s10488-008-0197-4 Full Text
  • Kitson, A., Rycroft-Malone, J., Harvey, G., McCormack, B., Seers, K., & Titchen, A. (2008). Evaluating the successful implementation of evidence into practice using the PARiHS framework: Theoretical and practical challenges. Implementation Science, 3(1), 1-1. doi:10.1186/1748-5908-3-1 Full Text
  • Glasgow, R., Vinson, C., Chambers, D., Khoury, M., Kaplan, R., & Hunter, C. (2012). National institutes of health approaches to dissemination and implementation science: Current and future directions. American Journal of Public Health, 102(7), 1274-1281. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2012.300755 Full Text
  • Michie, S., Fixsen, D., Grimshaw, J., & Eccles, M. (2009). Specifying and reporting complex behaviour change interventions: The need for a scientific method. Implementation Science, 4(1), 40-40. doi:10.1186/1748-5908-4-40 Full Text
  • Madon, T., Hofman, K. J., Kupfer, L., & Glass, R. I. (2007). Public health. implementation science. Science (New York, N.Y.), 318(5857), 1728-1729. doi:10.1126/science.1150009 Full Text
  • Cook, B. G., & Odom, S. L. (2013). Evidence-based practices and implementation science in special education. Exceptional Children, 79(2), 135-144. doi:10.1177/001440291307900201 Full Text
  • Damschroder, L., & Hagedorn, H. (2011). A guiding framework and approach for implementation research in substance use disorders treatment. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 25(2), 194-205. doi:10.1037/a0022284 Full Text
  • Breitenstein, S., Gross, D., Garvey, C., Hill, C., Fogg, L., & Resnick, B. (2010). Implementation fidelity in community-based interventions. Research in Nursing & Health, 33(2), 164-173. doi:10.1002/nur.20373 Full Text

Selected Readings by Category

  • Mejiuni, O., Cranton, P., & Táíwò, O. (2015). Integration of informal learning theory and practice into the study of implementation in healthcare contexts. (pp. 250-272) IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-8265-8.ch017 Full Text
  • Crable, E., Biancarelli, D., Walkey, A., Allen, C., Proctor, E., & Drainoni, M. (2018). Standardizing an approach to the evaluation of implementation science proposals.Implementation Science, 13(1), 71-11. doi:10.1186/s13012-018-0770-5 Full Text
  • DeSisto, C. L., Kroelinger, C. D., Estrich, C., Velonis, A., Uesugi, K., Goodman, D. A., . . . Rankin, K. M. (2019). Application of an implementation science framework to policies on immediate postpartum long-acting reversible contraception. Public Health Reports, 134(2), 189-196. doi:10.1177/0033354918824329 Full Text
  • ​Ekawati, F., Licqurish, S., Emilia, O., Gunn, J., Brennecke, S., & Lau, P. (2019). Developing management pathways for hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) in indonesian primary care: A study protocol. Reproductive Health, 16(1), 12-10. doi:10.1186/s12978-019-0674-0 Full Text
  • Kilbourne, A. M., Hynes, D., O’Toole, T., & Atkins, D. (2018). A research agenda for care coordination for chronic conditions: Aligning implementation, technology, and policy strategies. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 8(3), 515-521. doi:10.1093/tbm/ibx084 Full Text
  • Lourida, I., Abbott, R. A., Orr, N., Rogers, M., Thompson-Coon, J., & Lang, I. A. (2017). Strategies, facilitators and barriers to change: A systematic review of implementation research within dementia care. Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association, 13(7), P502-P502. doi:10.1016/j.jalz.2017.06.562 Full Text
  • Lynch, E. A., Mudge, A., Knowles, S., Kitson, A. L., Hunter, S. C., & Harvey, G. (2018). “There is nothing so practical as a good theory”: A pragmatic guide for selecting theoretical approaches for implementation projects. BMC Health Services Research, 18(1), 1-11. doi:10.1186/s12913-018-3671-z Full Text
  • Meissner, H., Glasgow, R., Vinson, C., Chambers, D., Brownson, R., Green, L., . . . Mittman, B. (2013). The US training institute for dissemination and implementation research in health.Implementation Science, 8(1), 12-12. doi:10.1186/1748-5908-8-12 Full Text
  • Shelton, R., & Lee, M. (2019). Sustaining evidence-based interventions and policies: Recent innovations and future directions in implementation science. American Journal of Public Health, 109(S2), 5132-5134. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2018.304913 Full Text
  • Vincent, D., Hastings-Tolsma, M., & Stevens, K. R. (2013). Dissemination and implementation research: Intersection between nursing science and health care delivery.Nursing Research and Practice, 2013, 802767-2. doi:10.1155/2013/802767 Full Text
  • Rhodes, E. C., Hennink, M., Jefferds, M. E. D., Williams, A. M., Suchdev, P. S., Mapango, C., . . . Tripp, K. (2019). Integrating micronutrient status assessment into the 2015–2016 malawi demographic and health survey: A qualitative evaluation. Maternal & Child Nutrition, 15(S1), e12734-n/a. doi:10.1111/mcn.12734 Full Text
  • Bodison, S. C., Sankaré, I., Anaya, H., Booker‐Vaughns, J., Miller, A., Williams, P., . . . Community Engagement Workgroup. (2015). Engaging the community in the dissemination, implementation, and improvement of Health‐Related research. Clinical and Translational Science, 8(6), 814-819. doi:10.1111/cts.12342 Full Text
  • Lorthios-Guilledroit, A., Richard, L., & Filiatrault, J. (2018). Factors associated with the implementation of community-based peer-led health promotion programs: A scoping review.Evaluation and Program Planning, 68, 19-33. doi:10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2018.01.008 Full Text
  • Theobald, S., Brandes, N., Gyapong, M., El-Saharty, S., Proctor, E., Diaz, T., . . . Peters, D. H. (2018). Implementation research: New imperatives and opportunities in global health. The Lancet, 392(10160), 2214-2228. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(18)32205-0 Full Text
  • Shelton, R., & Lee, M. (2019). Sustaining evidence-based interventions and policies: Recent innovations and future directions in implementation science. American Journal of Public Health, 109(S2), 5132-5134. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2018.304913 Full Text