Dissemination & Implementation Science


Dissemination and implementation science is the study of how best to integrate evidence-based interventions into clinical and community settings. Dissemination research involves examining the process of spreading knowledge and evidence-based interventions to health and clinical care audiences. Implementation research seeks to understand how healthcare professionals and other stakeholders adopt and implement evidence-based interventions and to identify and address barriers and facilitators to effective implementation. Dissemination and implementation research uses a range of methods to study innovations and accelerate the spread of evidence into practice.

SPREAD-NET: Practices Enabling Implementation and Adaptation in Safety NET

Principal Investigator: Deb Cohen, PhD
The long-term goal of this study is to learn how best to disseminate evidence-based interventions into Community Health Centers nationwide.

PCMH Implementation Strategies: Implications for Cancer Survivor Care

Principal investigator: Deb Cohen, PhD
The purpose of this project is to identify and describe innovative primary care practices that have implemented some of the most challenging attributes required to care for cancer survivors, and the intervention strategies/environmental contexts that facilitated this transformation. The study will translate this information for future practice improvement efforts.

Evaluating Systems Change to Advance Learning and Take Evidence to Scale (ESCALATES)

Principal Investigator: Deb Cohen, PhD
This study will conduct a prospective observational analysis of the most effective combination of interventions and practice and contextual factors, and use qualitative methods to better understand why and how those combinations are effective. Eight different grants will be focused on the same cardiovascular prevention outcomes and collection of similar practice, organization, context, and outcome data as part of their own evaluations test. These eight specific intervention strategies, conducted in 250 practices each, plus this one overall evaluation, provide a tremendous opportunity to resolve this deficiency by accelerating the evidence-based practice change critical for improving the quality, sustainability and patient-centeredness of healthcare.

CATCH UP: Community-based HIT Tools for Cancer Screening and Health Insurance Promotion

Principal Investigator: Jen DeVoe, MD, DPhil
The long-term goal of this project is to determine how Community Health Centers can best use their unique HIT (health information technology) systems to facilitate efforts to enroll and retain eligible patients in public health insurance programs.