The Center for Implementation and Improvement Sciences (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 to facilitate improvement in care that not only measures internal program adherence, but also produces inferential and generalizable evaluations of healthcare delivery.
What are Implementation and Improvement Sciences?
- Implementation science seeks to understand the process of evidence uptake into clinical practice. Did people perform the new endeavor? Why or why not?
- Improvement science seeks to rigorously measure outcomes of efforts to improve healthcare delivery. Did the new endeavor measurably improve desirable outcomes?
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.