23 resources

Implementation science research development (ImpRes) tool: A practical guide to using the ImpRes tool

Posted September 25, 2020

The Implementation Science Research Development (ImpRes) tool was developed by King's Health Partners in the UK in 2018. The ImpRes tool contains 10 domains that cover the core principles and methods of implementation science that researchers should consider when planning and designing high-quality and rigorous implementation research. It will be of use to those undertaking implementation research.

The Intervention Scalability Assessment Tool: A guide for assessing the scalability of health interventions

Posted September 25, 2020

This resource was produced by The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre and the NSW Ministry of Health in 2019. It is a guide on using the Intervention Scalability Assessment Tool (ISAT). The ISAT was designed to assist practitioners, policy makers, programme managers and researchers determine the scalability of a programme or intervention. It helps users to: assess the scalability of an intervention; identify and assess contextual factors facilitating or hindering scale up; identify gaps in the information required to make an assessment or to inform an assessment on the scalability of an intervention; and work through key considerations when determining if a programme is scalable. This guide will be of interest to practitioners, policymakers, programme managers, and researchers.

Implementation science made too simple: a teaching tool

Posted September 25, 2020

This resource is a teaching tool developed by Geoffrey Curran in 2020 which uses very simple language to help learners grasp key concepts in implementation science. The tool consists of a slide (visual aid) with simple and jargon-free definitions of implementation science, implementation strategies, and implementation outcomes, as well as a description of how implementation science relates to “effectiveness” research focusing on clinical/preventive interventions. This tool will be useful to people new to the field as well as stakeholders in need of a brief and plain language introduction to key concepts in implementation science.

Hexagon Tool

Posted November 12, 2018

Implementation Guide and Toolkit for National Clinical Guidelines

Posted September 20, 2018

Clinical guidelines are developed to improve the health and safety of patients. While guidelines are informed by the best available evidence and strong quality criteria, it can be challenging to implement them. This guide and toolkit was produced by CES together with the National Clincal Effectiveness Committee (Department of Health) to support health professionals, managers and clinical staff to implement National Clinical Guidelines. The Guide contains a range of tools, which were adapted to meet the needs of staff involved in developing and implementing guidelines and the context in which they work.

Implementation Stages - Key Activities Tool

Posted August 11, 2017

This implementation stages tool was adapted by CES, with permission, from the work of the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) in the USA. It outlines the four stages of implementation in the Active Implementation Framework and provides examples of key activities at each stage.This tool will be useful for policymakers, service providers and practitioners involved at any stage of the implementation process.

Building Implementation Infrastructure - Assessment Tool

Posted August 09, 2017

This tool for assessing implementation infrastructure needs was adapted by CES, with permission, from the work of the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) in the USA. The tool provides an overview of several categories of implementation drivers relating to competency, organisations, and leadership. It then assists teams in identifying who is responsible for each driver, opportunities to influence change, and how each driver can be improved to better support implementation. This tool will be particularly useful for service providers and policymakers in the process of implementing a programme or policy.

Implementation in Action - Questions for Promoting Ongoing Improvement

Posted August 07, 2017

This tool for promoting ongoing improvement was adapted by CES, with permission, from the 2015 work of Allison Metz and colleagues at the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) in the USA. The tool asks seven questions which help to think through the process of generating sustained improvement at later stages of implementation. This tool can be reused periodically to generate continuous improvement cycles. It will be particularly useful for service providers, practitioners and implementation teams of policies and programmes that have already been established.

Stakeholder Engagement Tool

Posted August 05, 2017

This stakeholder engagement tool was created by CES and aims to help those implementing a policy or programme to plan for and manage the process of engaging with key stakeholders. It sets out tasks and questions for stakeholder identification, analysis and mapping. It also provides a template and checklist to help develop a stakeholder engagement plan. This tool will be particularly useful for service providers and policymakers in the process of implementing a programme or policy.

15 Days - The Toolkit

Posted August 02, 2017

A resource for practitioners interested in adapting an accelerated, collaborative problem-solving methodology.

Normalization Process Theory

Posted July 18, 2017

This website offers a set of tools and resources for those using the Normalization Process Theory (NPT). NPT was developed in 2009 by Carl May and colleagues from a number of universities across the UK, Ireland and Australia. The site contains concise descriptions of the theory, and toolkit for its practical application. This theory and website is useful for those who are designing an intervention and wish to encourage implementation and integration into routine practice.

Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CFIR) Guide

Posted July 14, 2017

This website offers useful, practical information on the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CFIR). It is developed by the CFIR Team in the Centre for Clinical Management Research in the USA. The CFIR focuses on adapting interventions to fit the setting where they will be implemented, and continuously improving implementation throughout this process. The site was created for those considering using CFIR to evaluate an implementation or design an implementation study, but the information has relevance for all stakeholders involved in implementation.

Putting Evidence to Work – A School’s Guide to Implementation

Posted July 11, 2017

This guide, developed in 2018 by the Education Endowment Foundation in the UK, has been designed to support school leaders and others in school-based settings to implement change. Drawing on recent reviews that summarise research on implementation in education, plus insights from wider literature in Implementation Science, it addresses the stages of, and foundations for, good implementation in school-based settings. This guide will help those who are aiming to implement any school improvement decision, be it programme or practice, a whole-school or targeted approach, or an internally or externally generated idea. 

Checklist to Assess Organisational Readiness for Implementing Evidence-Informed Programmes

Posted July 02, 2017

This assessment tool, created by Melanie Barwick of the University of Toronto in Canada, is intended to address the level of readiness for implementing new programmes and practices within behavioural health service provider organisations. It addresses eight different factors relating to readiness in organisations, including senior leadership, staff capacity, and organisational culture. With the help of a trained facilitator, the tool intends to assist with pre‐implementation discussion and preparation. This tool will be of particular interest to policymakers and service providers interested in implementing new programmes.

The PARiHS Framework

Posted June 26, 2017

This article, written in 2004 by Jo Rycroft-Malone of Bangor University in Wales, provides an overview of the Promoting Action on Implementation Research in Health Services (PARiHS) framework. According to PARIHS, successful implementation depends on the dynamic interplay of three factors – the quality of evidence being used; how receptive the context is to an intervention; and the type of change facilitation that is required. The framework focusses on organisational change, and all three factors are weighted equally. This article will be most relevant for researchers, and those interested in implementing public health interventions.

Knowledge and Learning for Social Projects Aiming to Grow or ‘Scale-Up’

Posted June 25, 2017

This guide, produced in 2018 by the UK-based New Philanthropies Capital (NPC), with support from NESTA and the Big Lottery Fund, addresses three broad ‘Knowledge and Learning’ questions for projects that are aiming to grow or scale up – Does the project work and can it make a positive difference to people’s lives? How does it actually work? and How can we make it work at scale? This guide will be particularly relevant for policymakers and service providers who are interested in developing a learning organisational culture to assist with scaling projects.

Innovation to Implementation

Posted June 06, 2017

This how-to guide, produced in 2012 by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, provides practical direction in using knowledge translation (KT) to drive implementation. The guide outlines seven steps in moving from innovation to implementation, with questions, examples and helpful tips provided for each. These steps include: identifying champions, designing KT strategies, and monitoring and evaluation. The guide focusses mainly on health, but has practical application across all sectors, and will be of interest to policymakers, service providers and practitioners.

Coaching and Mentoring - Table

Posted March 29, 2017

A one page graphic which explains the difference between coaching and mentoring, and how it complements other professional development interventions in frontline practice.

National Quality Standards Framework Route Map for Youth Work

Posted October 01, 2015

This Route Map has been developed to support implementation of the National Quality Standards Framework in Youth Work. The Route Map brings together a range of national and international online resources to inform youth work and youth activities. The materials come from a wide range of reliable sources, including government departments, national and international youth organisations, academic institutions, independent research and policy agencies.

Toolkit for the Development of a Children’s Services Committee

Posted May 01, 2012

Children and Young People’s Services Committees (CYPSC) are a key structure identified by Government to plan and co-ordinate services for children and young people in Ireland. They are county-level committees that bring together the main statutory, community and voluntary providers of services to children and young people.

This document is a resource to assist those in the early stages of Children's Services Committee (now Children and Young People Services Committees) development and those who are considering setting up a CYPSC.