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Implementation Science

The emerging discipline of ‘Implementation Science’ is at the heart of all the work that J-SAT does. Achieving improved outcomes with new interventions is a function of three different factors:

  • Effective Interventions;
  • Effective Implementation;
  • Enabling Contexts.

Failure in any one of the three above factors will cancel out any positive gains in outcomes. Thus, we call this a multiplicative model for success.

J-SAT competencies and services deliberately straddle all three of the above components for obtaining positive outcomes. J-SAT relies most heavily upon the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) model that is based on some simple frames (e.g., Implementation Drivers, Stages, Improvement Cycles, etc.) for guiding implementation. We understand every frame and driver of the NIRN model and have worked using them in a wide variety of implementation contexts.

The Benefits of Adhering to Implementation Science

When using implementation science, we have found that we can not only access tools to further refine how we’re selecting and prioritizing interventions to implement, we learn how to step-by-step, become more successful in bringing the intervention to scale (with fidelity) much more quickly. We have also found that obtaining this bigger and more dynamic view of implementation is invaluable for:

  • Improving workforce alignment;
  • Decreasing staff burnout and implementation fatigue;
  • Avoiding wasteful training that doesn’t take hold;
  • Enable staff to experience the difference between an innovation done with fidelity versus without fidelity;
  • Establishing a deeper learning community and culture;

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