Dispatches from Implementation Science at NCI

Implementation Science Capacity Building within Precision Health and Big Data Research

By: Mindy Clyne

September 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has shed a new light on the importance of implementation science (IS) both in delivering the right interventions for the control of the pandemic, the direct impact, as well as adapting to the disruption in health services as a result of the pandemic, the indirect impact (e.g., addressing delay in cancer screening). Scaling up IS capacity is more important now than ever, notably in precision health research, where successful implementation of interventions is needed at the population level.

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Past Dispatches

Exploring Implementation Science as a Presidential Management Fellow (and Beyond)

Ali Abazeed

August 2020

For more than four decades, the Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF) has been the Federal government’s premier leadership development program for advanced degree candidates.

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Rapid Cycle Research

Wynne E. Norton

July 2020

One of several breakout groups from the inaugural Implementation Science Consortium in Cancer (ISCC) conference last year focused on the intersection of implementation science and rapid cycle research (RCR).

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Digital Engagement, Analytics, Content Development, and Community

Sarah Bruce Bernal

June 2020

The digital footprint of the IS Team spans four domains including our website, Twitter exit disclaimer, monthly newsletter with accompanying blog, and webinars.

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Increasing the Usage of the Research-Tested Intervention Programs (RTIPs) Website to Support Implementation of Effective Cancer Control

Annabelle Uy

May 2020

Last year, we began a strategic planning effort for the Research-Tested Intervention Programs (RTIPs) website to further enhance the website features, with the goal of increasing usage among practitioners, policymakers, and researchers.

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Reflections of a Health Communication Fellow with the Implementation Science Team

Laurie Hursting

March 2020

My first week as a communications fellow with the Implementation Science team involved fireworks. Literally because of the Fourth of July, but also because I was so excited.

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Understanding Context: Learning How Organizations Affect Healthcare Delivery

Sarah Kobrin

February 2020

Healthcare delivery settings influence every step of how care is given, yet far more work is needed to effectively describe characteristics of these settings; to link those characteristics to outcomes; and to develop setting-changing interventions to improve care quality.

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Reflections on D&I Measurement Challenges, Progress, and Next Steps

Gila Neta

January 2020

On the heels of the 12th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation exit disclaimer, I find myself reflecting on the essential topic of measurement.

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Implementation Science and Genomic Medicine in Action: A Case Study

Mindy Clyne

November 2019

There is an urgent need for researchers and implementers of genomic medicine to incorporate implementation science into their translational research efforts.

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Implementation Science Centers in Cancer Control and Opportunities to Contribute to the Research Agenda

April Oh

October 2019

In the fall of last year, the Implementation Science team was busy developing RFAs to fund a Centers Initiative in Cancer Control.

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Increasing the Usage of the Research-Tested Intervention Programs (RTIPs) Website To Support Implementation of Effective Cancer Control

Annabelle Uy

September 2019

Over the years, I have managed the Research-Tested Intervention Programs (RTIPs) website and have continued to be interested in how we can enhance the features for practitioner use of the website.

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Reflections on My Fellowship with the Implementation Science Team at NCI

Prajakta Adsul

August 2019

The Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program is a postdoctoral program that trains future leaders in the field of cancer prevention and control.

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Reflections on Training Opportunities in Implementation Science

Wynne E. Norton

July 2019

As we close out another cycle of TIDIRC and approach the beginning of a new cycle of TIDIRH exit disclaimer, I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on educational programs in implementation science.

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Understanding and Addressing Clinical Workflow to Facilitate Implementation

Paul B. Jacobsen

May 2019

Being a relative newcomer to implementation science, I am still learning about this field’s many contributions to the development of methods for promoting widespread adoption and integration of evidence-based practices, interventions, and policies.

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Sustainability of Cancer Control Coalitions as a New “Box”?

Cynthia Vinson

April 2019

This past week, our team had a strategic planning retreat that was designed to build on our previous work, challenge our current assumptions, and focus on developing new projects.

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Amplifying Practitioner Perspectives to Strengthen Implementation Science

Margaret Farrell

March 2019

The NCI Implementation Science Team takes seriously our mission to advance the science of implementation and integrate implementation science within the broader cancer control and population sciences context.

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Implementation science to advance clean cooking

Gila Neta

February 2019

In response to this major public health problem, a variety of intervention programs are being implemented by governments and NGOs across the globe to distribute and encourage the use of cleaner cooking technologies.

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Sun Safety in the Physical Activity Context: Opportunities and Challenges

Frank Perna

November 2018

Earlier this fall, I had the honor of organizing the NCI Exercise Science and Skin Cancer Prevention Research meeting on September 26-27, 2018, in Rockville, MD.

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Collaboration between NCI’s Research-Tested Intervention Programs (RTIPs) website and Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative Clearinghouse Database

Annabelle Uy

October 2018

On September 2016, a new collaboration was established between NCI’s RTIPS website and the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative Clearinghouse Database.

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Design thinking and community-based participatory research for Implementation Science

April Oh

September 2018

We need innovation to address our chronic disease burden, and design thinking has emerged as a promising tool.

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Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnership

Prajakta Adsul

August 2018

As defined by the CDC, Comprehensive Cancer Control (CCC) is an approach that brings together key partners and organizations to develop a plan to reduce the numbers of community members that develop and are diagnosed with cancer.

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Where have we been and where should we go?

Gila Neta

July 2018

Building off of our previous efforts to analyze the NCI-funded research portfolio, we recently completed an analysis of dissemination and implementation research funded through the DIRH Program Announcements.

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Trials in Implementation Science

Wynne Norton

June 2018

Clinical trials—and randomized clinical trials in particular—have long been argued as having characteristics that seem at odds with the goals of implementation science.

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