Child Mental Health Forum - Karen A. Blase, Ph.D.
Change is Great - You Go First: Using Implementation Science to Support Practice, Organization, and Systems Change
Karen A. Blase, Ph.D.
Founder, National Implementation Research Network
Senior Scientist Emerita
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
We value research evidence and agencies and funding entities increasingly want intervention evidence to guide the selection of practices, programs, and services to promote children's mental health and support families. But the decision to adopt a new approach is the tip of the iceberg. The complex and challenging work of changing the behavior of practitioners, administrators, funders, and policy makers is required if children and families are to benefit from scientific findings. This presentation and conversation will shift the focus from intervention science to implementation science by reviewing key tenets of implementation science and evidence-informed frameworks for making such changes. The presentation will highlight the elements of the formula for success and implementation frameworks related to the usability of interventions in the real world, stages of implementation, infrastructure requirements, improvement processes, and implementation teams. Real world examples will be used to highlight the use and challenges of focusing on implementation science and the science behind interventions.
Target Audience: Physicians (psychiatrists, pediatricians, child neurologists), psychologists, social workers, other mental health clinicians and researchers, and students and trainees.
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:
- Identify the components of the Formula for Success required for successful use of evidence-based practices and programs in typical service settings
- Identify six areas that should be considered when deciding whether or not to adopt an evidence-based program or practice for use in an agency or organization
- Understand how sound implementation practices support high fidelity use of interventions
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