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Opportunities in Implementation Science

Posted on January 13, 2012

Richard Puddy (bio) encourages early career researchers to explore beyond the traditional paradigms of evidence-based strategies.

 

This field is wide open, and there is so much space for many scientists but many practitioners as well and policy makers to come and work together. There's so many areas for growth. I mean, there's not just a traditional pipeline of starting with efficacy studies and moving to effectiveness research and then implementation. I mean, that's an older way of thinking. There are more evolved ways of thinking that are reflected in some of the implementation frameworks.

So my advice is to jump in and get involved and sort of move beyond the traditional paradigms of just evidence-based strategies being the only thing you can invest in. When I talk to a lot of new researchers, actually they don't even realize that this is an option for them, that this is out there, that this is a possibility for them, and that there's significant contributions to be made in actually doing the implementation. A great way to think of it for me is not just identifying what works but how it works and how to deliver it to what particular populations and what particular individuals under what particular conditions. I mean it's just very exciting.

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Excerpted from interview with Dr. Puddy at the 2011 Global Implementation Conference in Washington, DC.

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