GLHLTH 751K Implementation Science
Implementation research (IR) is the study of how to improve the uptake, implementation, and translation of research findings into routine and common practices (the 'know-do' or 'evidence to program' gap). It translates results from effectiveness studies and efficacy trials into real-world settings, obtaining information to guide scale-up. IR helps implementers apply lessons learned from a program in one context to develop a similar program in an analogous environment. IR is used as a general term for practical research that focuses on the question "What is happening?" in the design, implementation, administration, operation, services and outcomes of health intervention programs. It also asks, "Is this what is expected or desired?" and "Why is it happening as it is?"