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Research Community Collaboration in Observational Implementation Research: Complementary Motivations and Concerns in Engaging in the Study of Implementation as Usual

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Implementation research is dominated by studies of investigator-driven implementation of evidence-based practices (EBPs) in community settings. However, systems of care have increasingly driven the scale-up of EBPs through policy and fiscal interventions. Research community partnerships (RCPs) are essential to generating knowledge from these efforts. Interviews were conducted with community stakeholders (system leaders, program managers, therapists) involved in a study of a system-driven implementation of multiple EBPs in children’s mental health services. Findings suggest novel considerations in initial engagement phases of an RCP, given the unique set of potentially competing and complementary interests of different stakeholder groups in implementation as usual.

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Lau, A.S., Rodriguez, A., Bando, L. et al. Research Community Collaboration in Observational Implementation Research: Complementary Motivations and Concerns in Engaging in the Study of Implementation as Usual. Adm Policy Ment Health 47, 210–226 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10488-019-00939-w

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Keywords

  • Evidence-based practice
  • Implementation as usual
  • Research community partnerships
  • Children’s mental health services