GTI-Teach: Seven simple steps for teaching implementation science

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Background: Implementation science aims to improve adoption, implementation, and sustainment of evidence-based practices or programs. We aimed to develop an approach to teach implementation science principles to a wide range of learners and that could accommodate a variety of frameworks, philosophies, and contexts.
Methods: The 7-step model, Getting To Implementation (GTI)-Teach, was adapted from the Getting To Outcomes family of implementation support manuals, using other implementation process frameworks, and human-centered design and system redesign tools and approaches. Videos, slide templates and lectures were made to support the course, which was offered over a 1 month period and a total of 16 class-hours. The students completed evaluations at the end of the course and 6-months after completing the course to evaluate the effectiveness and utility of his approach to teaching Implementation Science.
Results: Course participants (n=12) ranged in experience from medical students to senior research scientists. All students successfully completed final presentations, which applied GTI-Teach to develop a real-world study of their own design. Self-rated knowledge increased significantly through the course and students reported that the steps were of value in their ongoing work.
Conclusions: GTI-Teach was a feasible and acceptable approach to teach fundamental implementation science concepts to a range of diverse learners.

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