7th of February 2019 - 16:30-17:30 - Promotiezaal Universiteitshal KU Leuven
Chair: Prof. dr. Chantal Van Audenhove, prof. dr. Anja Declercq, and prof. dr. Koen Hermans
The seminar is in English. Participation is free of charge. Please register.
For many decades, randomised controlled trials (RCT) were the gold standard. Although RCTs are very suitable for certain types of research, care professionals often experience problems when trying to implement evidence-based practices. Controlled environments cannot simply be copied into daily practice. In recent years, researchers increasingly recognise the gap between scientific evidence and practice, while highlighting the importance of advanced implementation research to facilitate the uptake of evidence-based practices into routine care.
Implementation research is a relatively new concept. It entails the scientific study of implementation processes and strategies to understand what, why and how initiatives work in real world settings. This type of research deeply dives into real-life situations and challenges, considering the success (or failings) of interventions in daily practice and policy.
The aim is to identify and address implementation bottlenecks, and to develop and test optimised approaches in order to have impact and guide policy.
This seminar focuses on the relevance and the basic characteristics of implementation research. Commonly used models and conceptual frameworks are discussed.
We will illustrate the use of the implementation research methods by cases from the different studies by LUCAS KU Leuven: the evaluation of seven primary care psychologist networks in Flanders, the implementation of BelRAI, and the implementation of evidence-based practice in youth care.
The LUCAS KU Leuven Seminar Series 2019 “Implementation research: closing the gaps between scientific evidence, practice, and policy”, are possible thanks to the generous funding of the PRoF Implementation Chair.