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QUERI Implementation Research Group

Developing a Project-Specific Implementation Strategy Glossary

by Rebecca Selove, PhD, MPH ; Thomas Waltz, PhD
Seminar date: 5/4/2023

Description: Implementation strategies are critically important because they represent our toolbox to overcome barriers to the adoption and routine use of evidence-based practices. One of the key criticisms in the field is a lack of comprehensive definitions of what we mean (what was actually done) when an implementation strategy was used through something like a high-tailored glossary. This presentation describes processes for tailoring discrete implementation strategies from the Expert Recommendations for Implementing Change (ERIC) compilation to reflect the context and innovation-specific needs of a project. The relationships between the strategies utilized in a project and ERIC are not always immediately apparent and often require the perspectives of diverse members of a team for these relationships to be meaningfully identified. Details from an ongoing community-engaged research project implementing behavioral health interventions in African American churches will be used to illustrate the building of a highly tailored glossary. Considerations for selecting a tailoring process and the impact tailored glossaries can have on implementation strategy recording and reporting will also be discussed.

Intended Audience: This presentation is intended for anyone interested in building shared understanding for the discrete implementation strategies utilized in a project or initiative (researchers, practitioners, community partners).

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