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2023 UNC Institute on Implementation Practice Virtual Series – Harnessing our collective power: Building a strong implementation support workforce for improved and equitable outcomes

May 11, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm UTC+0


In this event co-hosted with the The Center for Implementation, we explored big picture thoughts and ideas about the potential we see for the future of implementation practice — including how individuals supporting implementation can be a massive force for equitable change around the world.


Specifically, we shared:

  • Our experiences providing implementation support and how they’ve shaped our shared vision for the future
  • The competencies that honor the vital role of implementation support practitioners, and the importance of focusing on how they can be built
  • How we can join together by harnessing our collective power to build a workforce that is equipped and supported to create meaningful change


Who were the speakers?

Allison Metz, Professor of Practice and Director of Implementation Practice, UNC School of Social Work
Julia Moore, Executive Director, The Center for Implementation
Sobia Khan, Director of Implementation, The Center for Implementation
Amanda Farley, Implementation Specialist, UNC School of Social Work



What is implementation science, and who are implementation support practitioners?

Implementation science is the scientific study of methods and strategies that facilitate the uptake of evidence-based practice and research into regular use by practitioners and policymakers.

The field of implementation science seeks to systematically close the gap between what we know and what we do (often referred to as the know-do gap) by identifying and addressing the barriers that slow or halt the uptake of proven health interventions and evidence based practices.

Source: https://impsciuw.org/implementation-science/learn/implementation-science-overview/

Implementation support practitioners are professionals supporting others in implementing evidence-informed practices, policies and programs, and in sustaining and scaling evidence for population impact. They are not involved in direct service delivery or management and work closely with the leadership and staff needed to effectively deliver direct clinical, therapeutic or educational services to individuals, families and communities.

Source: https://bmchealthservres.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12913-020-05145-1



Where can I find more information on competencies for implementation support practitioners?

Core Competencies for Implementation Support Practitioners – UNC School of Social Work, National Implementation Research, European Implementation Collaborative and Centre for Effective Services : https://cippro.wpengine.com/resources/implementation-support-practitioner-competencies/

Core Competencies for Implementation Practice — The Center for Implementation (please note this document is being updated, and a revised version will be released soon): https://thecenterforimplementation.com/toolbox/core-competencies


Where can I find more information on certificate/certification programs for implementation support practitioners?

Learn more about the Implementation Support Specialist certificate program offered by The Center for Implementation: https://thecenterforimplementation.com/certificate-program (Applications for the Level 1 certification are open year-round.)

Learn more about the Certificate Program in Implementation Practice offered by the Collaborative for Implementation Practice: https://implementationpractice.org/certificate


What additional tools, resources and supports are available?

The Center for Implementation (TCI)


Collaborative for Implementation Practice


The NIRN Active Implementation Hub has freely available online modules here: https://nirn.fpg.unc.edu/ai-hub


The Society for Implementation Research Collaboration (SIRC) is creating spaces for implementation support practitioners to come together with implementation researchers; learn more here: https://societyforimplementationresearchcollaboration.org/network-of-expertise/practitioner-networks-of-expertise-home/


May 11, 2023
11:00 am - 12:30 pm UTC+0

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