Implementation Science

Implementation science is the systematic study of how evidence-based practices are integrated into health services.

Implementation science can help you find ways to integrate research evidence into the decisions you must often make in real-world settings.

A common definition for Implementation Science is:

The scientific study of methods to promote the systematic uptake of research findings and other evidence-based practices into routine practice, and, hence, to improve the quality and effectiveness of health services.

Eccles, M. P., & Mittman, B. S. (2006). Welcome to implementation science. Implementation Science 1, 1.

Implementing evidence-based programs and practices into routine clinical care requires careful planning and systematic steps to put them in place in a sustainable way. In their article introducing the field of implementation science, Bauer and colleagues describe the field as follows:

The field of implementation science has developed to facilitate the spread of EBPs, including both psychosocial and medical interventions for mental and physical health concerns.

Bauer, M. S., Damschroder, L., Hagedorn, H., Smith, J., & Kilbourne, A. M. (2015). An introduction to implementation science for the nonspecialistBMC Psychology3(1), 32. 

This section provides a wide variety of resources from the field of Implementation Science.

Last Updated: 09/15/2017