The Collaborative for Implementation Practice is an initiative at the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We are a multidisciplinary, international community of professionals who support implementation and evidence use. We aim to spotlight the importance of implementation practice in building the science of implementation.

Implementation science is comprised of implementation research and implementation practice. Implementation research seeks to understand the approaches that work best to translate research evidence into real world settings. Implementation practice seeks to apply and adapt these approaches in different contexts and service settings.

What we learn from implementation practice generates more questions for implementation research to study. Implementation practice helps us test whether findings from implementation research are generalizable and is a critical component of implementation science.

At CIP, we:

  • embrace a relationship-focused approach to implementation practice;
  • encourage humility, empathy and flexibility in addition to content knowledge, clinical experience, and technical skills;
  • use evidence-based implementation strategies that are tailored for particular contexts and implementation challenges; and
  • emphasize the critical role of a learning culture for successful implementation.

We also believe that implementation science can advance equity. Equitable implementation occurs when strong equity components, including explicit attention to the culture, history, values, assets and needs of the community, are integrated into the principles and tools of implementation science to facilitate quality implementation of effective programs for a specific community or group of communities.

I have always thought what is needed is the development of people who are interested not in being leaders as much as in developing leadership in others.

- Ella Baker