Research sometimes is confused with science. Research can be done in support of science where predictions and hypotheses are tested to challenge and advance theory. Research also can be done to satisfy one’s curiosity or test an idea or survey what individuals think or believe. Thus, research evidence may not have anything to do with implementation science no matter what the title of an article may say. Implementation science, like any science, is based on predictions and hypotheses that are tested in research. The results of research strengthen implementation theory and practice and sharpen and extend the next round of prediction and hypothesis testing.
To what extent does current implementation research contribute to the development of a science of implementation?
Fixsen, D. L., Blase, K. A., & Van Dyke, M. (2018). Science and implementation. Retrieved from Chapel Hill, NC: Active Implementation Research Network: www.activeimplementation.org/resources