From news to everyday use – The difficult art of implementation

From news to everyday use – The difficult art of implementation

 

A literature review by Karin Guldbrandsson

Swedish national institute of public health, 2008

 

Available online as PDF file [35p.] at: http://www.fhi.se/shop/material_pdf/R200809_implementering_eng0805.pdf

 

“….This report is about implementation. It presents and discusses scientific surveys of how innovations, i.e. new methods and products, are introduced, realised and disseminated. When a method, perhaps after many years’ of research, is deemed effective and suitable, we might expect it to be brought into use relatively promptly. But this is seldom the case. At this stage, the method is more likely to be merely at the start of a long process on its way to everyday use.

 

Speeding up the process from finished research findings to the practical use of new methods is an important task. Awareness of the importance of using evidence-based interventions in the field of public health has increased in recent years and there are now quite a few health-promoting methods that are based on high-quality research.

 

There is however a lack of knowledge as to how these methods can best be implemented in different activities. We could say that there is a lack of evidence-based methods for implementing evidence-based methods. It is important to improve the current state of knowledge and this must be achieved by the research community and practitioners in municipalities, county councils, voluntary organisations, companies and central government agencies working together….”

 

Contents

Summary

Definitions

Implementation

Diffusion and dissemination _

Introduction

Quicker implementation – an important task

The fight against scurvy _

Disseminating and implementing new methods _

The research is unanimous – implementation is an art in itself

the conditions of successful knowledge dissemination and implementation

The individual and the organisation

The role of the individual _

The role of the organisation

Organisational capacity for change

Recipients, senders and change agents

Social marketing

Criteria for implementation – a checklist

References

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