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Moving Dissemination & Implementation Research Forward

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As we look forward to seeing many of our friends and colleagues at the 9th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation, I want to spotlight one of the key themes within the meeting—dissemination research.  While the study of the creation, packaging, transmission, reception, and use of evidence and materials related to evidence-based health interventions has long been called for within our trans-NIH Funding Opportunity Announcements, its presence within the research portfolio has been dwarfed by the magnitude of work focusing on implementation research.  Next month offers a chance for us to think together about innovative directions in dissemination research that recognize an ever-evolving communication landscape, unparalleled capacity in the ability to target evidence to a wide variety of populations, stakeholders, and clinical and community settings, and a tremendous need to build efficient and effective ways to support optimal decision making for health and health care.

We will hear from experts in the development, synthesis, and dissemination of evidence, perspectives on how to incorporate technology into our efforts to integrate research findings into practice, and thoughts about how public and private sector work can inform one another.  We also hope to hear from all of you about the most important dissemination research questions that can have a large effect on the impact of our science in reducing disparities, improving care, and improving health outcomes. 

Simultaneously, we on the Implementation Science Team are evaluating and rethinking the best ways that we can effectively disseminate data and evidence-based intervention materials and generate multi-directional learning about the interface between research and practice.  We have just launched a new evaluation of our Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. web portal, have recently refreshed our Research to Reality online community, and are studying ways in which implementation strategies within states can support local implementation of effective cancer control interventions.  Our goal is to make sure that our team activities reflect what we already know about effective dissemination and enables us (and the field) to learn as much from these activities as possible.  In all of these endeavors, we need feedback from all of you.

In anticipation of the conference, we hope to jumpstart the dialogue on here Research to Reality.  Please share with us your thoughts about effective dissemination strategies, key questions that our research community should take on, and experiences in trying to better make sense of evidence in the complex health environment


Thanks for your post David!

Thanks for your post David! And thank you for highlighting how R2R is an essential aspect of NCI's work to build capacity around implementation Science. 

We are delighted last week to announce that R2R launched its newest learning community.

The “Population Health Assessment in Cancer Catchment Areas Grantee Learning Community” was launched to support researchers conducting studies under an NCI-funded administrative supplement initiative. Fifteen NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers across the country were awarded supplements to enable them to conduct pilot data collection efforts that will enable the centers to better characterize their local population with regard to factors such as cancer-related risk factors, health behaviors, knowledge, and information needs; health care access; utilization of health information technology; and environmental influences.

R2R Learning Communities create a ‘virtual meeting place’ for members with a shared purpose to convene around common issues related to implementation science and cancer control. Currently, more than 115 R2R members participate in one of seven learning communities -- supporting efforts ranging from HPV vaccine uptake to qualitative research methodologies. 

We are looking forward to continue to position R2R on the forefront of building capacity around implementation science and look forward to continued conversations around how we can move this important work forward.