This link is for a 2009 publication entitled “Implementation Research in Mental Health Services: An Emerging Science with Conceptual, Methodological, and Training Challenges”. Proctor and colleagues examine implementation and put forth a compelling argument for the need to develop a common language and methodology for implementation science.

This link is a follow-up to the 2009 publication above. Again, Proctor and colleagues (2011) examine implementation science and discuss how to “conceptualize and evaluate successful implementation”. This article includes the proposed adoption of 8 key implementation outcomes. These include: Acceptability, Adoption, Appropriateness, Feasibility, Fidelity, Implementation Cost, Penetration, and Sustainability.

Grimshaw and colleagues (2006) take a close look at the implementation research on evidence-based practices in their publication entitle, “Toward evidence-based quality improvement: Evidence (and its limitations) of the effectiveness of guideline dissemination and implementation strategies 1966-1998.” After reviewing over 200 studies, they concluded there is utility to the pursuit of EBPs: “However, there is an imperfect evidence base to support decisions about which guideline dissemination and implementation strategies are likely to be efficient under different circumstances.” They add, “Decision makers need to use considerable judgment about how best to use the limited resources they have for quality improvement activities.”