Researcher Perspectives on Implementation Research

In 2005 a meeting of expert researchers was held to develop an outline for a multi-site, multi-year (10 – 15 years) program of research to dramatically improve the practice and science of implementation. Based on findings from the monograph, “Implementation Research: A Synthesis of the Literature” (Fixsen, Naoom, Blase, Friedman, & Wallace, 2005), the focus of the meeting was on implementation process and outcome studies that can inform the implementation of quality programs and practices across domains (e.g. mental health, substance abuse, prevention). It was concluded that the field of implementation research is still in its infancy and in need of a long-term research agenda to focus efforts on successful approaches to implementation, the various influences on implementation, and the interaction effects among implementation factors.

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