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We are hosting TIDIRH-Ireland, a training course in implementation science developed in collaboration with the successful U.S based TIDIRH. This training will equip participants with the knowledge and skills required to undertake high quality dissemination and implementation (D&I) research relevant to their field and identify gaps that need further exploration thus potentially informing practice and influencing policy.
Health research and clinical guidelines tell us that things can be done to improve a person’s health, quality of life and experience of health services. Yet a gap persists between what should happen and what happens in real life. The science of D&I seeks to address this gap by evaluating ways of integrating interventions into real-world settings to improve health and prevent disease.
TIDIRH-Ireland is comprised of 3-month online course (six webinar sessions with related assignments) between mid-August and mid-November, and a 2-day in-person training to be held on November 26 and 27, 2018, in University College Cork, Ireland. Training will be facilitated by leading academics and researchers in theory, methods and evaluation approaches related to D&I. This course will prepare individuals for; creating partnerships and multilevel, transdisciplinary research teams; research design, methods, and analyses appropriate for D&I investigations; and conducting research at different and multiple levels of intervention (e.g., clinical, community, policy). The 2-day in-person training will also include a dedicated policy dissemination workshop, focusing on the preparation and communication of research for policy.
For a background on the US training institute, see: "The U.S. training institute for dissemination and implementation research in health." Implementation Science 2013 8:12.
Participant Eligibility Requirements
There are 30 places available on the TIDIRH-Ireland training course. Training is open to researchers, health professionals and health service management with an interest in D&I across health care, public health, and community settings. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate experience with—or potential for—working effectively in trans-disciplinary teams and who have strong partnerships with—or are embedded within—health care delivery, public health, or community-based networks. We seek a balance of both junior and senior investigators, with the overall goal of bringing new people into the field of D&I research.
In addition, to be eligible, participants must meet all of the following criteria:
- Demonstrated experience and expertise in health science (e.g., medicine, behavioural medicine, nursing, medical anthropology, health economics, public health, health policy).
- Feasible D&I research concept to work on throughout the course. This should be a project the applicant is seriously interested in conducting and/or submitting for funding.
- Willing and able to pay their own travel expenses (round-trip, ground transportation, accommodation, and evening meals) and attend and actively participate in the entire online and in-person training institute, if accepted.
Attendance at the in-person training will NOT be permitted to those who have not actively participated and completed the required online course work.
How to apply
Applicants must submit all of the following documents* electronically by 12:00 p.m. June 11th, 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org with “TIDIRH-Ireland Application” in the subject:
- A brief (300-word maximum) statement describing your experience in (or plans for) productive, effective transdisciplinary work and how this fits with your goals for conducting D&I research in the future. More details on what to include in your brief statement can be found here.
- A current 2-page curriculum vitae (CV)
- A 1.5- to 2-page concept paper describing the D&I research project you plan to conduct and will develop during this training. NOTE: Papers longer than 2 pages will not be reviewed to ensure equity in the selection process. References are not required and will not count toward the page limit. More details on what to include in your concept paper can be found here.
*Please be sure to name all your files with your last name followed by an underscore and the type of document (eg: Statement, CV, Concept). All documents must be either MS Word or Adobe PDF files.
Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by July 2, 2018.
Q: What is Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) Research?
Dissemination research is the systematic study of processes and factors that lead to widespread use of evidence by the target population. Its focus is to identify the best methods that enhance the uptake and utilization of this evidence (1).
Implementation research seeks to understand the processes and factors that are associated with successful integration of evidence-based interventions within a particular setting (e.g., a worksite or school). Implementation research assesses whether the core components of the original intervention were faithfully incorporated into the real-world setting (i.e., the degree of fidelity of the disseminated and implemented intervention with the original study) and also is concerned with the adaptation of the implemented intervention to the local context (1).
A: Implementation science is an inherently transdisciplinary field, requiring the involvement and contribution of multiple perspectives, disciplines, and stakeholders, including policy and practice stakeholders. Success in designing and conducting implementation studies requires experience, interest, and a commitment to working in a transdisciplinary manner, spanning multiple academic disciplines, as well as research, policy, and practice boundaries. This should be reflected in your satement of interest, which is a brief (300-word maximum) statement describing your experience in (or plans for) productive, effective transdisciplinary work and how this fits with your goals for conducting D&I research in the future.
A: Your concept paper should be 1.5 - 2 pages describing a D&I research project you plan to conduct and will develop during this training, outlining specific aims and your general approach. In addition, please describe (a) the evidence-based practice or innovation you wish to implement (or that you wish to study within the context of a natural experiment of implementation or adaptation) or disseminate; (b) the type of implementation strategy or approach you envision (if you plan an interventional study); and (c) the type of evaluation or research plan you envision.
NOTE: Papers longer than 2 pages will not be reviewed to ensure equity in the selection process. References are not required and will not count toward the page limit.
Q: Are there any costs associated with TIDIRH-Ireland?
A: While there are no fees required to participate in TIDIRH-Ireland, participants must be willing and able to pay their own travel expenses (round-trip, ground transportation, accommodation, and evening meals).
Q: Can an application be made as a group?
A: Only individual applications are currently being accepted for admission to TIDIRH-Ireland. Members of a research team are welcome to submit individual applications, but we cannot guarantee the admission of all team members.
Q: What are the course requirements and expectations?
A: The course will include:
- Online training which will begin August 13, 2018 and run through November 19, 2018.
- All online course content is made available at the beginning of the training (August), and review of the materials is self-paced.
- There will be six assignments (i.e. responses to the training materials) that will be due with fixed deadlines, approximately every two weeks.
- These deadlines are fixed and repeated late submissions will impact participant standing and, ultimately, the invitation to the in-person training.
- Assignments will be posted to the training site, and participants will receive written feedback from facilitators and peers.
- All participants are assigned into small groups that will cover specific areas of research.
- These groups will schedule 1–2 calls over the course of the training, and best efforts will be made to accommodate all schedules.
- The two-day in-person meeting will be held in the School of Public Health, University College Cork, Ireland on November 26 and 27, 2018.
Q: If accepted to TIDIRH, am I expected to participate in the webinars live or will they be recorded so that I can watch them when I have time?
A: The webinars will be recorded and posted every two weeks. Participants will be able to view the webinars and participate in the on-line course during the two weeks following each webinar.
For any questions or queries relating to TIDIRH-Ireland 2018 please contact email@example.com.
(1) Rabin, B.A., Brownson, R.C., Haire-Joshu, D., Kreuter, M.W., & Weaver, N.L. (2008). A
Glossary for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health. Journal of Public Health
Management Practice, 14, 117-123.