Module 8: Emerging Topics in Implementation Science

Below are a selection of presentations and readings that offer an introduction to important, emerging topics in implementation science. You are invited to view and reflect on one or all of the emerging topic videos. Check back for updates as additional topics become available.

  • 8A: Exploring Health Equity in Implementation Science – Dr. Alyce Adams (Stanford University)
  • 8B: Costs in Implementation Science – Dr. Andria Eisman (Wayne State University) and Dr. Andrew Quanbeck (University of Wisconsin Madison)
  • 8C: Policy Implementation Science – Dr. Jonathan Purtle (Drexel University)

8A: Exploring Health Equity in Implementation Science 

Dr. Alyce Adams (Stanford University)

Suggested Readings

  • Baumann AA, Cabassa LJ. Reframing implementation science to address inequities in healthcare delivery. BMC Health Serv Res. 2020;20(1):190. Published 2020 Mar 12. doi:10.1186/s12913-020-4975-3
  • Braveman P. “A New Definition Of Health Equity To Guide Future Efforts And Measure Progress, " Health Affairs Blog, June 22, 2017. DOI: 10.1377/hblog20170622.060710
  • Chinman M, Woodward EN, Curran GM, Hausmann LRM. Harnessing Implementation Science to Increase the Impact of Health Equity Research. Med Care. 2017;55 Suppl 9 Suppl 2(Suppl 9 2):S16-S23. doi:10.1097/MLR.0000000000000769
  • Eslava-Schmalbach J, Garzón-Orjuela N, Elias V, Reveiz L, Tran N, Langlois EV. Conceptual framework of equity-focused implementation research for health programs (EquIR). Int J Equity Health. 2019;18(1):80. Published 2019 May 31. doi:10.1186/s12939-019-0984-4
  • Obermeyer Z, Powers B, Vogeli C, Mullainathan S. Dissecting racial bias in an algorithm used to manage the health of populations. Science. 2019;366(6464):447-453. doi:10.1126/science.aax2342
  • Pinto RM, Park S, Miles R, Ong PN. Community engagement in dissemination and implementation models: A narrative review. Implementation Research and Practice. 2021 Feb 1. doi:10.1177/2633489520985305
  • Thorpe RJ Jr, ed. Social determinants of health and implementation research. Ethn Dis. 2021;31(1, theme issue):1-159. Accessed March 30, 2021. Exit Disclaimer

8B: Costs in Implementation Science 

Dr. Andria Eisman (Wayne State University) and Dr. Andrew Quanbeck (University of Wisconsin Madison)

Suggested Readings

  • Barnett ML, Dopp AR, Klein C, Ettner SL, Powell BJ, Saldana L. Collaborating with health economists to advance implementation science: a qualitative study. Implement Sci Commun. 2020;1:82. Published 2020 Sep 29. doi:10.1186/s43058-020-00074-w
  • Chamberlain P, Brown CH, Saldana L. Observational measure of implementation progress in community-based settings: the Stages of Implementation Completion (SIC). Implement Sci. 2011;6:116. Published 2011 Oct 6. doi:10.1186/1748-5908-6-116
  • Eisman AB, Kilbourne AM, Dopp AR, Saldana L, Eisenberg D. Economic evaluation in implementation science: Making the business case for implementation strategies. Psychiatry Res. 2020;283:112433. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2019.06.008
  • Saldana L, Chamberlain P, Bradford WD, Campbell M, Landsverk J. The Cost of Implementing New Strategies (COINS): A Method for Mapping Implementation Resources Using the Stages of Implementation Completion. Child Youth Serv Rev. 2014;39:177-182. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2013.10.006

8C: Policy Implementation Science 

Dr. Jonathan Purtle (Drexel University)

Suggested Reading

  • Allen P, Pilar M, Walsh-Bailey C, et al. Quantitative measures of health policy implementation determinants and outcomes: a systematic review. Implement Sci. 2020;15(1):47. Published 2020 Jun 19. doi:10.1186/s13012-020-01007-w
  • Brownson RC, Dodson EA, Stamatakis KA, et al. Communicating evidence-based information on cancer prevention to state-level policy makers. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2011;103(4):306-316. doi:10.1093/jnci/djq529
  • Hyde JK, Mackie TI, Palinkas LA, Niemi E, Leslie LK. Evidence Use in Mental Health Policy Making for Children in Foster Care. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2016;43(1):52-66. doi:10.1007/s10488-015-0633-1
  • Nilsen P, Ståhl C, Roback K, Cairney P. Never the twain shall meet?--a comparison of implementation science and policy implementation research. Implement Sci. 2013;8:63. Published 2013 Jun 10. doi:10.1186/1748-5908-8-63
  • Purtle J, Nelson KL, Bruns EJ, Hoagwood KE. Dissemination Strategies to Accelerate the Policy Impact of Children's Mental Health Services Research. Psychiatr Serv. 2020;71(11):1170-1178. doi:10.1176/
  • Purtle J, Lê-Scherban F, Wang X, Shattuck PT, Proctor EK, Brownson RC. Audience segmentation to disseminate behavioral health evidence to legislators: an empirical clustering analysis. Implement Sci. 2018;13(1):121. Published 2018 Sep 19. doi:10.1186/s13012-018-0816-8

Self-Reflection Questions

  1. How does the content in the module of your choosing influence your study concept? How would you define it in your research?
  2. What are ways that you would operationalize equity, policy, and/or costs into your work? (Consider your team, approach, models, measurement, decision making, evaluation, communication and dissemination)
  3. How are you engaging relevant partners or stakeholders in your work?
Last Updated
April 15, 2021