Implementation Seminar Series 2020

The NIHR ARC EoE runs an Implementation Fellowship featuring a series of open seminars in which speakers discuss an aspect of research implementation in which they are internationally preeminent.


Seminar 1: Annette Boaz 5th March 2020, The role of context in implementing research evidence

This session will make a case for the importance of context in implementing research evidence. It will argue that research evidence often ‘lands’ in practice settings in a state of bewilderment. Drawing on recent examples of implementing research evidence, it will highlight the wide range of contextual factors that can trip up even the best laid implementation plans. In particular, it will highlight the role of theory in generating deeper insights into contextual factors. Finally, it will consider how research developed in local contexts can sometimes be better equipped to generate research evidence that meet local needs.

Seminar 2: Peter Beresford 9th April 2020, Engaging people and communities in implementation

The aim of this session will be to explore how inclusive involvement, which we often think about in terms of planning, research and evaluation can also extend to the key stage of implementation in provision and practice. It will draw on experience working to achieve this in both user-led and collaborative schemes and initiatives and hopefully help us better understand both drivers and blockers and help participants address the issue in their own particular work.  

Seminar 3: Lesley Wye 7th May 2020, Implementation from the perspective of a knowledge mobilisation fellow

So what do I do? Perspectives of a knowledge mobiliser   We all want our research to make a difference. But how does that happen? Who needs to be involved? What are the first steps? What helps and what makes it harder? In this talk, NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellow Dr Lesley Wye will draw on 20+ years of experience of making change happen (and sometimes studying it!) within various sectors including healthcare, commissioning, charities and even the NIHR itself.

Seminar 4: Dr Nick Andrews 4th June 2020 Introducing the DEEP approach to knowledge mobilisation

It is important to understand that DEEP is an approach to knowledge mobilisation not a method or intervention. It is as much about ways of being as it is about ways of doing and was developed through a participatory action research project funded by Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Health and Care Research Wales from 2014 to 2016. It has since been applied across a range of local authorities, social care and community organisations in Wales and Scotland.

Seminar 5: Glenn Roberts 7th July 2020, Implementation Seminar: Experience-based codesign – its role in implementing research

This seminar will critically explore the current trend towards more participatory methods for implementing change within (and outside) healthcare organisations, and the resulting opportunities and challenges that arise for applied (and not so applied) researchers. By revisiting the radical origins of methods such as Experience-based Co-design, the talk will explore the potential for combining both creativity and rigour in implementing research findings to improve the delivery and organisation of healthcare services.


Seminar 6: Carl May 6th August 2020, The practical implications of Normalisation Process Theory for the implementation of research

Implementation research looks for answers to some of the most difficult problems that we face: how to get new and improved evidence-based ways of delivering and organising healthcare into practice, and how to keep them there. At the same time, implementation researchers have worked to develop frameworks that will help us understand, organise and evaluate the processes of implementing innovations and evidence. Normalization Process Theory (NPT) is an example of such a framework: there are now around 400 protocols, reviews and empirical studies that have applied NPT, not just in healthcare research but in areas as diverse as agriculture, education, criminal justice, and supply chain logistics. This seminar will provide participants with an introduction to NPT, and an understanding of how to apply it to practical problems in implementation. In particular, it will be oriented to action. NPT focuses on the things that people do, rather than their attitudes or intentions, and it emphasises the collaborative nature of implementation work.

Seminar 7: Kate Beckett 10th September 2020, Arts-based knowledge mobilisation

With the help of an EPPIC film (all will be explained!), Kate Beckett will explore Arts Based Knowledge Translation strategies (ABKTs e.g. participatory drama) potential to catalyse change by stimulating debate and knowledge sharing among key healthcare stakeholders. ABKT’s simultaneously evoke rational and emotional processing. They provide a social milieu for diverse evidence to be collectively interrogated and new ideas actively tested. The transformative potential of such productive interaction will also be explored with reference to the ‘Social Impact Framework’.

Seminar 8: Dr Paul Wilson 1st October 2020, The place of implementation science in practical research implementation

Challenges in getting evidence into practice in health systems have long been recognised, but have become a key concern of health systems generally. Grounded in several disciplines, implementation science is the study of strategies to promote the uptake of evidence-based interventions into health-care practice and policy.  An ever growing body of evidence on uptake and adoption now exists, but many important messages that can inform implementation efforts in practice remain buried in the academic literature. This presentation will consider the challenge of not just to getting evidence into practice but also implementation science into practice.