Proceedings of the Fifth Biennial Conference of the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration (SIRC) 2019: Where the rubber meets the road: The intersection of research, policy, and practice - Part 1

Sara J. Landes, Suzanne E.U. Kerns, Meagan R. Pilar, Callie Walsh-Bailey, Stephanie H. Yu, Y. Vivian Byeon, Margaret E. Crane, Madeline Larson, Heather L. Bullock, Ana A. Baumann, Katherine Anne Comtois, Doyanne Darnell, Shannon Dorsey, Phil Fizur, Cara C. Lewis, Joanna C. Moullin, Andria Pierson, Byron J. Powell, Cameo F. Stanick, Shannon Wiltsey StirmanRobert P. Franks

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Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number76
JournalImplementation Science
StatePublished - Sep 30 2020

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Components of the conference were supported by grant number R13HS025632 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Dr. Landes is supported by the Translational Research Institute, UL1 TR003107, through the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The funding bodies had no involvement in the design of the study; in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; or in writing the manuscript. The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not represent the views of the US Department of Veterans Affairs or the US Government.

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SIRC’s 4th biennial conference, held in Seattle in 2017, was centered on the theme: Implementation Mechanisms: What Makes Implementation Work and Why [6]? Inspired by the rich dialogue of this previous conference, and the observation that few scholars are investigating implementation mechanisms, SIRC partnered with independent investigators and secured funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to support the conference series in developing and disseminating an implementation mechanisms research agenda. Led by principal investigator Cara Lewis, SIRC assembled a Mechanisms Network of Expertise (MNoE; for more information visit to convene virtually quarterly to generate and synthesize multiple inputs and then in-person in “deep dives” to articulate a research agenda that would promote the study of implementation mechanisms. The work is being advanced by four working groups organized by (1) causal theory and context, (2) measures and methods, (3) design and analysis, and the (4) linkages between implementation strategies, mechanisms, and outcomes. MNoE members joined the IDWs, convened in workgroups, hosted open breakout sessions for SIRC attendees to contribute to the agenda, served as plenary speakers, and synthesized learnings to close out the conference. SIRC attendees completed evaluations of the MNoE activities and appreciated the highly interactive, facilitated nature of the breakout working meetings, and indicated that they had a much better understanding of implementation mechanisms. The MNoE work continued after the conference with the goal of disseminating the ultimate research agenda at SIRC’s 6th conference.

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