CIIS offers regular, free educational sessions covering a range of implementation and improvement sciences topics.
Mechanics of Improvement
Our current workshop series is co-presented by CIIS and the Quality and Patient Safety group at Boston University School of Medicine. Each session features speakers from the implementation and improvement sciences as well as quality improvement disciplines who present conceptually and methodologically different approaches to implementing healthcare delivery changes. Sessions are structured around stages of improvement: Planning, Doing, Studying, Acting.
- Identify different quality improvement and implementation and improvement sciences approaches to planning that you can include in your improvement initiatives
- Compare/contrast quality improvement and implementation and improvement sciences approaches using Boston Medical Center case studies
- Identify pros/cons of each approach
- Demonstrate how to use conceptual models to map out study variables and outcome measures
- Use process maps and driver diagrams to plan improvement activities, identify workflow changes
- Discuss how to apply planning tools to your improvement initiatives
- Identify measurable implementation strategies
- Differentiate between implementation, effectiveness, balancing measures
- Discuss how to identify appropriate study designs
- Discuss trade-offs when selecting a study design
- Consider different approaches to acting on measured results
- Discuss planning for sustainability
Transforming Implementation and Improvement Into Science
A 7-part skills building series that includes presentation slides and resources from our 2017-2018 Academic Year workshops aimed at developing strong research proposals. The learning objectives and resources from each session are linked below:
- Discuss the goals of implementation science and improvement science, and be able to distinguish research questions in those fields from questions of quality improvement or other studies.
- Distinguish between implementation science and implementation of an intervention, efficacy and effectiveness.
- Identify quality and care gaps in current health systems delivery and challenges to increasing the use of evidence-based practices.
- Gain introductory knowledge of implementation and improvement science specific theoretical/conceptual models.
- Discuss the importance of linking study questions, process and outcome measures to a conceptual model.
- Discuss the importance identifying how study findings can build upon existing theory and contribute to developing the field.
- Differentiate between implementation strategies and intervention components
- Discuss how to link implementation strategies to study aims, setting, process and outcome measures
- Identify key considerations for selecting the best study design for implementation and improvement sciences questions
- Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of different study designs
- Identify appropriate study designs for your implementation and improvement sciences question
- Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your chosen study design
- Discuss the importance of linking outcome measures to implementation strategies and study design
- Describe and identify implementation and improvement outcomes versus efficacy outcomes
- Discuss the role of stakeholders and multidisciplinary perspectives in designing and conducting implementation and improvement research
- Discuss the importance of providing evidence of feasibility in proposal budgets and timelines and strategy design
- Discuss intervention fidelity and adaption to context, scale-up and sustainability
- Describe dissemination strategies that relate individual projects to the larger policy/funding environment