Implementation science is how evidence-informed interventions are put into practice (or not) in real world settings. Implementation science includes operations research, systematic documentation, and program adjustment based on active learning. Learning and sharing leads to innovation and the diffusion of innovations to implement programs is the backbone of effective programming. Building on the iCCM Task Force theme of operations research, the Implementation Science subgroup is a critical platform for donors, bilateral and multilateral agencies, and implementing partners to coordinate and ensure access to current evidence on effective implementation approaches which will translate into strong child health programs.
To promote implementation science, advance innovations, and engender the use of research results to inform program design and implementation.
- Build consensus on a working definition of “implementation science” under the Task Force.
- Generate and disseminate the evidence on “how to” implement integrated packages for child health and development that are context specific.
- Strengthen the capacity of target country child health program managers and stakeholders to conduct, as part of program implementation, implementation research, document iterative learning, and use findings for program adaptations, when warranted.
- Facilitate evidence generation by other Child Health Task Force subgroups.
- Coordinate tracking of implementation science results and dissemination with organizations with similar goals (e.g. CORE group, QED, etc.)
- David Hamer, Boston University
- Karin Kӓllander, UNICEF