Health Services Systems and Policy Seminar Series



Dissemination & Implementation Science: Explained & Emerging


The Series will feature leading scholars in the areas of dissemination and implementation science, who will engage seminar participants in discussions around a variety of topics including: differentiating dissemination and implementation science and situating them within the broader KT domain; what is knowledge and approaches to its generation; the history and evolution of dissemination and implementation science; dominant and promising theory and frameworks for DIS; research approaches, methods and methodological challenges in implementation science; de-implementation and other thorny implementation issues; network perspectives on D&I; sustainability research; and contemporary research on scale up & scale out.

Dr. Melanie Barwick, Hospital for Sick Children & IHPME & Dr. Katie Dainty North York General Hospital & IHPME

October 29, 2019 – 5:00pm – 6:00pm, HS 208

An Introduction to Dissemination & Implementation Science

The field of KT – otherwise known as Dissemination and Implementation, is replete with an embarrassment of synonyms. Melanie Barwick and Katie Dainty will review and explain terms and differentiate knowledge translation and implementation science within the broader D & I domain. They will also distinguish between the science and practice of implementation, and highlight key areas of implementation research. [Adobe Connect Webinar]

Readings to consider: – [PDF] [PDF]

Dr. Erica Di Ruggiero, Dalla Lana School of Public Health & Dr. Halla Thorsteinsdóttir, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

November 21, 2019 – 4:30pm – 6:00pm, HS 740

Implementation Research: Why and How it Matters to Global Health

The presentation will discuss the field of implementation research, how it has emerged in the context of global health; review key concepts (e.g. context, equity and scale) related to implementation research; and, highlight a few global health relevant examples from research and an evaluation of a research funding program. – [Adobe Connect Webinar]

Readings to consider:

Dr. Reza Yousefi-Nooraie, University of Rochester

December 11, 2019 – 4:30pm – 6:00pm, HS 740

A Network Perspective of D & I

Social networks influence individuals’ beliefs, behaviors, and motivations to change. They also provide channels to reach individuals and clusters. Studying networks as potential barriers/facilitators of implementation, targeting and modifying network structures to optimize and facilitate dissemination and implementation, and evaluating network changes as potential outcomes are important yet less explored fields in D&I research.
Webinar option available – View event page

Readings to consider:


Dr. James Dearing, Michigan State University

January 29, 2020 – 4:30pm – 6:00pm, HS 208

The History & Evolution of Dissemination & Implementation Science

This presentation will describe how early work in the diffusion of innovations influenced contemporary work in dissemination and implementation science.  A focus of this discussion will concern organizational research issues.
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Readings to consider: – [PDF] – [PDF] – [PDF]

Dr. David Chambers, National Cancer Institute

February 5, 2020 – 4:30pm – 6:00pm, HS 412

Conceptualizing Sustainability as a Dynamic, Iterative Process – Webinar (only)

Traditional concepts of sustainability and sustainment have suggested the need to maintain interventions in their original state forever. This talk discusses alternative views of sustainment as a dynamic process requiring ongoing tweaking of interventions and contexts over time. Implications for D&I research as well as for intervention development will be discussed.

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Dr. David Chambers is Deputy Director for Implementation Science in the Office of the Director in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Dr. Chambers manages a team focusing on efforts to build and advance the field of Implementation Science (IS) through funding opportunity announcements, training programs, research activities, dissemination platforms, and enhancement of partnerships and networks to integrate research, practice and policy. From 2008 through the fall of 2014, Dr. Chambers served as Chief of the Services Research and Clinical Epidemiology Branch (SRCEB) of the Division of Services and Intervention Research at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). He arrived at NIMH in 2001, brought to the Institute to run the Dissemination and Implementation Research Program within SRCEB, developing a portfolio of grants to study the integration of scientific findings and effective clinical practices in mental health within real-world service settings. From 2006 to the fall of 2014, Dr. Chambers also served as Associate Director for Dissemination and Implementation Research, leading NIH initiatives around the coordination of dissemination and implementation research in health, including a set of research announcements across 15 of the NIH Institutes and Centers, annual scientific conferences, and a summer training institute. Prior to his arrival at NIH, Dr. Chambers worked as a member of a research team at Oxford University, where he studied national efforts to implement evidence-based practice within healthcare systems. He publishes on strategic research directions in implementation science and serves as a plenary speaker at numerous scientific conferences. He received his A.B. degree (with Honors) in Economics from Brown University in 1997, and an M.Sc. and D.Phil degree in Management Studies (Organisational Behaviour) in 1998 and 2001, respectively, from Oxford University (UK).

Readings to consider:

•Chambers DA, Glasgow RE, Stange KC. The dynamic sustainability framework: Addressing the paradox of sustainment amid ongoing change. Implement Sci. 2013;8:117. doi:10.1186/1748-5908-8-117 .

•Mitchell SA, Chambers DA. Leveraging implementation science to improve cancer care delivery and patient outcomes. J Oncol Pract. 2017;13(8):523-529. doi:10.1200/JOP.2017.024729 .

•Glasgow RE, Chambers D, Developing Robust, Sustainable: Implementation systems using rigorous, rapid, and relevant science. Clin Transl Sci. 2012, 5 (1): 48-55. 10.1111/j.1752-8062.2011.00383.x.

•Stirman SW, Kimberly J, Cook N: The sustainability of new programs and innovations: a review of the empirical literature and recommendations for future research. Implement Sci. 2012, 7: 17-10.1186/1748-5908-7-17.

•Rachel C. Shelton, Brittany Rhoades Cooper, Shannon Wiltsey Stirman. The Sustainability of Evidence-Based Interventions and Practices in Public Health and Health Care. Annual Review of Public Health 2018 39:1, 55-76

Dr. Monika Kastner, North York General Hospital & IHPME

February 19, 2020 – 4:30pm – 6:00pm, HS 208

Research Approaches, Methods & Methodological Challenges in Implementation Science
Webinar option available – View event page

To benefit patients, we need to systematically implement the knowledge we produce into health care systems and ensure that we involve relevant knowledge users in the process. However, we don’t always implement this knowledge or work collaboratively even though these are what is needed to inform optimized practice and policy decisions. This session will describe the challenges in knowledge translation and implementation science and explore approaches to overcome them.

Dr. Melanie Barwick, Hospital for Sick Children & IHPME

February 25, 2020 – 4:30pm – 6:00pm, HS 208

Applied Implementation Science: Where Theory Meets Practice
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Dr. Melanie Barwick, Hospital for Sick Children & IHPME

March 3, 2020 – 4:30pm – 6:00pm, HS 412

Perspectives, Theories & Frameworks Used in DIS

The field of KT – otherwise known as Dissemination and Implementation, is replete with theories, models, and frameworks (TMFs). Through this seminar attendee will learn to identify different kinds of DIS TMFs and understand how they relate to one another and inform implementation approaches.

Readings to consider: – [PDF] – [PDF]

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Dr. Karen Born, St. Michael’s Hospital & IHPME

March 11, 2020 – 4:30pm – 6:00pm, HS 208

De-Implementation & Other Thorny Issues

This presentation will focus on the challenges associated with de-implementation, rather than implementation. I will provide an overview of the quality problem of overuse and waste in health care and address how strategies to address overuse and reduce waste offer a unique challenge to implementation science. Considerations and challenges specific to de-implementation and the efforts of Choosing Wisely campaigns around the world will be discussed.
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Readings to consider:

April TBD 2020

4:30pm – 6:00pm, HS TBD

New Intersections Between D & I and Complexity Science

April TBD 2020

4:30pm – 6:00pm, HS TBD

Sustainability Research

Dr. Monika Kastner, North York General Hospital & IHPME and Dr. Halla Thorsteinsdóttir, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

May 21, 2020 – 4:30pm – 6:00pm, HS 208

Scale Up & Scale Out: Similarities, Differences and Methods
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2018/2019 Seminar Series - Approaching the Promise of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data in Health Care

Paul Sulkers – October 30, 2018

AI in Healthcare: Promises and Challenges
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Marzyeh Ghassemi – November 27, 2018

Learning “Healthy” Models for Healthcare
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Jennifer Gibson, Director Joint Centre for Bioethics and Jay Shaw Assistant Professor, IHPME & Scientist Health Systems Solutions & Virtual Care, Women’s College Hospital – January 22, 2019

Perspectives on Ethics in AI for Health
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Elham Dolatabadi, PhD Vector Institute – March 12, 2019

Machine Learning in Health: The Future of Saving Lives
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David Wiljer, UHN & IHPME – April 2, 2019

Learning to Adapt and Care Compassionately in the World of Data and Artificial Intelligence
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2017/2018 Seminar Series - Frontiers for Network Analysis in Health Services Research and Implementation Science

James Dearing – November 8, 2017

Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Communication
Michigan State University
“Applied Network Approaches to Diffusion of Health Innovations” – [Adobe Connect Webinar]

The “Strategies to Scale Up Social Programs” report that was mentioned in the lecture can be downloaded here:

Amanda M. Beacom – December 6, 2017

Visiting Scholar at the Carroll School of Management, Boston College
“Multilevel Perspectives on the Diffusion of Health Care Best Practices” – [Adobe Connect Webinar]

Amanda M. Beacom’s presentation slides are available here: [PDF]

Jon Salsberg – February 21, 2018

Senior Lecturer Primary Health Care Research, Public and Patient Involvement, University of Limerick
“Measuring and Influencing Community, Patient and Public Engagement Through Social Network Analysis” – [Adobe Connect Webinar]

Alicia Bunger – March 21, 2018

Associate Professor, College of Social Work, Ohio State University
“Examining Network Evolution in Health and Human Services: The Opportunities and Pitfalls of Naturalistic Study Designs” – [Adobe Connect Webinar]

Douglas Luke – May 23, 2018

Professor and Director of the Centre for Public Health Systems Science (CPHSS), The Brown School
“Systems Science Methods in Public Health: Dynamics, Networks, and Agents” – [Adobe Connect Webinar]

Additional Readings:

  • Luke, D. A., Hammond, R. A., Combs, T., Sorg, A., Kasman, M., Mack-Crane, A., … & Henriksen, L. (2017). Tobacco town: Computational modeling of policy options to reduce tobacco retailer density. American journal of public health, 107(5), 740-746.
  • Luke, D. A., & Stamatakis, K. A. (2012). Systems science methods in public health: dynamics, networks, and agents. Annual review of public health, 33, 357-376.
  • Tracy, M., Cerdá, M., & Keyes, K. M. (2018). Agent-Based Modeling in Public Health: Current Applications and Future Directions. Annual review of public health, 39, 77-94.