Implementation Science

Implementation Science has emerged to bridge the gap between research and practice related to implementing evidence based programs with fidelity and good outcomes.  In a review of the literature, it was shown that successful implementation can result in programs being three to twelve times more effective than those that are poorly implemented (Durlak & Dupre, 2008).

 Dr. Dean L. Fixsen
December 2012

Dr. Dean L. Fixsen, the Co-Director of the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) at the Frank Porter Graham (FPG) Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, came to Colorado in December 2012 to talk to hundreds of human service professionals about the emerging practice of Implementation Science and how it relates to the human service fields. 

This presentation was hosted by the Colorado Implementation Collaborative and the Colorado Trust.

You can also download a copy of the powerpoint presentation by visiting the following CIC website link:


The Active Implementation Hub 

The Active Implementation Hub is a free, online learning environment for use by any stakeholder involved in active implementation and scaling up of programs and innovations.

 The National Implementation Research Network (NIRN)

The National Implementation Research Network is an online laboratory of resources for active implementation components across human services and the criminal justice field. 

 The Colorado Implementation Collaborative (CIC)

The Colorado Implementation Collaborative (CIC) is a grassroots network comprised of practitioners, researchers, organizational leaders, and purveyors in the fields of early childhood, education, while welfare, youth corrections, public health, public safety, and behavioral health who have an interest in the application, investigation, and/or promotion of high quality implementation of evidence-based practices (EBPs). 

 State Implementation & Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices Center (SISEP)

The SISEP Implementation Science webinar series explores strategies and resources needed to engage and support implementation capacity. The series is organized around the four Active Implementation Frameworks; stages, drivers, cycles and teams.