Our Story

CIIS was launched in November 2015 to serve as a conduit to the free flow of ideas between clinicians, administrators and health services researchers in the Boston University community and beyond. CIIS aims to facilitate healthcare improvements by identifying and testing implementation strategies that promote the translation of evidence-based practices into routine practice. We design rigorous studies to produce research with internal and external validity.

What is Implementation Science?

Implementation science seeks to understand the process of evidence uptake into clinical practice. Did people perform the new endeavor? Why or why not?

What is Improvement Science?

Improvement science seeks to rigorously measure outcomes of efforts to improve healthcare delivery. Did the new endeavor measurably improve desirable outcomes?

Our Dual Focus on Implementation and Improvement

Combining Implementation and Improvement Sciences allows CIIS to assist in the development and rigorous evaluation of endeavors that seek to improve the quality of healthcare, particularly related to care for the underserved.