Implementation Science Masterclass Training Program

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Welcome to our Masterclass Implementation Science Programme, which will take users on a deep dive into specific implementation science topics.

The first Masterclass Programme focuses on the scale up of non-communicable disease programmes. It is free to access and includes preliminary reading, four modules of specially curated content, and the option for self-certification on completion.

It takes 6 hours and 30 minutes hours to complete the core content, plus additional time for further reading and reflection.

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Programme content

Module 1 Introduction to scale up

Lecture 1A Introduction to interventions at scale | Lisa Hirschhorn and Dike Ojji

Lecture 1B Key concepts, models, and issues | Brian Oldenburg

Lecture 1C Scaling up versus scaling out | Mark Huffman

Lecture 1D Case study: Implementation of an intervention at scale | Koku Awoonor

Recommend Reading:

  • Beginning with the end in mind: planning pilot projects and other programmatic research for successful scaling up (WHO and ExpandNet, 2011)
  • Nine steps for developing a scaling-up strategy (WHO and ExpandNet, 2010)
  • Practical guidance for scaling up health service innovations (WHO, 2009)
Module 2 The people and politics of scale up

Lecture 2A Stakeholders – who should be involved in scaling up? | Aneth Dinis

Lecture 2B How to make policy changes and involve stakeholders in scaling up – From research to policies to politics | Adolfo Rubinstein

Recommended Reading

  • See our Fundamentals Programme, Module 3 Stakeholder engagement and cultural adaptation
  • GACD stakeholder engagement resource collection [website]
  • A stakeholder-driven method for selecting implementation strategies: a case example of pediatric hypertension clinical practice guideline implementation (Knapp et al. 2022)
  • Using a co-design process to develop an integrated model of care for delivering self-management intervention to multi-morbid COPD people in rural Nepal (Yadav et al. 2021)

Module 3 Frameworks for scale up

Lecture 3A Overview of theories, models, and frameworks for implementation science | Brian Oldenburg

Lecture 3B Developing an implementation research logic model for scale up | JD Smith

Lecture 3C Case study – the Kerala Diabetes Prevention Program| Kavumpurathu Thankappan

Lecture 3D Case study – Applying EPIS to scale up | Neo Tapela

Lecture 3E Case study – Applying RE-AIM to scale up | Lisa Hirschhorn

Lecture 3F Case study – Applying CFIR to scale up | Sarah Gimbel

Recommended Reading

  • The Implementation Research Logic Model: a method for planning, executing, reporting, and synthesizing implementation projects (Smith et al. 2020)
  • Development and application of the RE-AIM QuEST mixed methods framework for program evaluation (Forman et al. 2017)
  • Evaluation of a systems analysis and improvement approach to optimize prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV using the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (Gimbel et al. 2016)
Module 4 Context and strategies for scale up

Lecture 4A Context for interventions at scale | Dike Ojji

Lecture 4B Strategies for scaling up and out | Lisa Hirschhorn

Lecture 4C Case study – Strategies for scale up in South East Asia | Brian Oldenburg

Lecture 4D A systems approach to upscaling – Findings from a GACD working group | Anusha Ramani Chander

Recommended Reading

  • Factors influencing the scale-up of public health interventions in low- and middle-income countries: a qualitative systematic literature review (Bulthuis et al. 2020)
  • The concept of scalability: increasing the scale and potential adoption of health promotion interventions into policy and practice (Milat et al. 2013)
  • Implementation strategies: recommendations for specifying and reporting (Proctor et al. 2013)
  • The FRAME-IS: a framework for documenting modifications to implementation strategies in healthcare (Miller et al. 2021)
  • Applying systems thinking to identify enablers and challenges to scale-up interventions for hypertension and diabetes in low-income and middle-income countries: protocol for a longitudinal mixed-methods study (Ramani-Chander et al. 2022)

Further Reading

If you would like to extend your understanding of implementing interventions at scale, you may be interested in the following publications.

  • A framework for scaling up health interventions: lessons from large-scale improvement initiatives in Africa (Barker et al 2015)
  • Scaling Up: A Framework and Lessons for Development Effectiveness from Literature and Practice (Hartmann and Linn, 2008)
  • Research for change: Using implementation research to strengthen HIV care and treatment scale-up in resource-limited settings (Hirschhorn et al. 2007)
  • From scaling up to sustainability in HIV: potential lessons for moving forward (Hirschhorn et al. 2013)
  • Should We Scale-Up? A Mixed Methods Process Evaluation of an Intervention Targeting Sedentary Office Workers Using the RE-AIM QuEST Framework (MacDonald et al. 2019)

You have now completed all four modules of core content in the Implementation Science Masterclass Programme


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