Session 3A / Session 5A
Innovations in Prevention and Implementation Science: Implications for Improvement in Schools

C. Hendricks Brown, Northwestern University
Gracelyn Cruden, Northwestern University
Juan Villamar, Northwestern University
Sheppard Kellam, Johns Hopkins University
Jeanne Poduska, American Institutes for Research

Prevention science and implementation science share a wide range of goals and methods, as well as a focus on continuous improvement, with education. Practitioners in both prevention science and education endeavor to assist children in their socialization in the role of classroom student and as active learners in the school environment. These shared perspectives are part of a broad spectrum of successful child development that crosses cognitive, affective, and behavioral domains. While the jargon may differ, public health research & practice and education share many conceptual and methodological perspectives, and each field benefits from collaboration.

This workshop will integrate existing paradigms used in educational improvement research and the implementation of evidence-based prevention programs, particularly those targeting mental health and drug abuse. Building on recent research methods developed in implementation science by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)-funded Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology (Ce-PIM@Northwestern) and its collaborators, we will explore how these methods may be applied to enhancing the delivery of evidence-based programs in education and improving school outcomes.

We will focus on three integrative perspectives utilized in implementation research in schools and communities:

  1. Initiating and sustaining partnerships, focusing on how to collaborate with, and conduct research in, local, state, and federal systems.
  2. Developing an implementation framework for integrating evidence-based programs across cognitive, affective and behavioral dimensions in schools. The EPIS model will be introduced.
  3. Exploring methodological approaches involving technologies that support fidelity of in-service training of evidence-based programs and the systematic expansion of effective programs through systems science & engineering. This includes improving implementation by: (a) addressing researcher, community and organizational needs and values, and (b) utilizing in-service training with data feedback, communities of practice, and social networking.

The workshop uses didactic, as well as interactive learning approaches, that build on the collective experiences and perspectives of practitioners, policymakers and researchers. A hallmark of implementation science and practice is that it must be relevant, valuable, and useful for those in practice. Our aim is to develop tools that are sufficiently, robust to be used in many contexts.

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