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Talks at Twelve: Abraham Wandersman, Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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Practical Implementation Science: Translating Implementation Science into Practice
Abraham Wandersman, Psychology Department, University of South Carolina

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
12:00-1:00 PM
102 Mann Library

Lunch will be served following the lecture.

Increasing interest in accountability and outcomes has put an ever-growing emphasis on bridging research and practice to achieve outcomes. It takes at least two elements to achieve outcomes: 1) a good quality plan, and 2) implementing the plan with quality. Implementation science is seen as a major force to help bridge the gap.

The field of implementation science has been growing in quantity and quality in recent years. Meyers, Durlak and Wandersman (2012) have synthesized 25 implementation frameworks. However the resulting synthesis (the Quality Implementation Framework) is academic and not written for practitioner utility. There is a need to make the concepts and research in implementation science practical for practitioners to use. Meyers, Katz, Chien, Wandersman, Scaccia and Wright (2012) have translated the ideas of the Quality Implementation Framework into a practical implementation science tool to be used with practitioners to help guide quality implementation (the Quality Implementation Tool).

In his talk, Dr. Wandersman will discuss the tool and some of its uses in practice; also an empowerment evaluation example using the Quality Implementation Tool. He will discuss practical implementation science within the context of The Interactive Systems Framework for Dissemination and Implementation. The framework was co-developed by CDC staff and university researchers to bridge the research-practice gap by integrating research-to-practice models with community-centered/practice-centered models.

Dr. Wandersman (PhD, social psychology, environmental psychology, and social organization and change, Cornell University) is a professor of psychology and was interim Co-Director of the Institute for Families in Society at the University of South Carolina. He is a co-author of Prevention Plus III and a co-editor of Empowerment Evaluation: Knowledge and Tools for Self Assessment and Accountability and of many other books and articles. In 1998, he received the Myrdal Award for Evaluation Practice from the American Evaluation Association. In 2000, he was elected president of Division 27 of the American Psychological Association (Community Psychology), The Society for Community Research and Action. Dr. Wandersman serves or has served on a number of advisory committees for prevention including: Technology Transfer Consortium of NIMH Office on AIDS; U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Advisory Committee on HIV Community Prevention Planning; Technical Assistance Committee of the National Evaluation of CSAP Community Partnerships; Technical Support Group for the CSAP evaluation of Training and Technical Assistance; and the Prevention Working Group of the Center for Mental Health Services. Dr. Wandersman is currently engaged in work with the governor’s office on a statewide initiative for improving school readiness, involving county partnerships in the 46 counties in South Carolina. The work includes developing and evaluating the Results-Oriented Grantmaking and Grant Implementation system that is being used in the initiative. As part of this initiative, a workbook, training, and technical assistance strategy that will help each program achieve outcomes are being created.


November 09, 2012

I will not be able to attend this lecture (on Implementation Science). Will the slides be available online?

November 09, 2012

We don't usually post slides from talks, but I will ask if I can email them to you after the talk. If you don't hear from me, you can check in at Thanks for your interest. - Carrie

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