For the January Advanced Topics in Implementation Science webinar, we were pleased to have Dr. Doug Luke join us from the Washington University at St. Louis to continue our series of presentations focusing on innovative research methods for use in dissemination and implementation studies, concentrating on systems modeling. His presentation, “Researching the impossible: The utility of agent-based models for advancing public health policy and implementation science”, presented the rational for systems science methods to enhance D&I research. Dr. Luke progressed from system dynamics, where models can be used to understand complex system behaviors, to a focus on agent-based models, where simulations of elements of a system behave as a function of mutual interaction with each other and the given environment. We will be posting the archive of today's webinar shortly, but would like to open the discussion to you.
- As a researcher, what would you see as the advantages and challenges of applying systems science to the study of dissemination and implementation?
- What resources would help you to identify the best way to incorporate systems science methodologies within your work?
- What questions do you have about the use of system dynamics or agent-based models in your work?
We look forward to continuing the discussion on R2R!