The Practice and Science of Implementation in Human Services

Event Details

Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 2 pm
Hollywood Auditorium, SickKids Hospital, Toronto

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Topic: The Practice and Science of Implementation in Human Services

Intervention scientists have developed hundreds of evidence-based approaches that demonstrate improved outcomes for research participants. The investment in evidence-based programs has not resulted in noticeable improvements in mental health, health, education, or social service outcomes for populations of interest, communities, or countries. Implementation science is becoming better organized and understood and is being applied in State, Provincial, and Federal human service systems. This presentation will describe the potential for closing the science to service gap by making better use of implementation science and best practices in order to support the full and effective uses of evidence-based programs in typical practice settings.

Speaker: Dr. Dean Fixsen

Dean L. Fixsen, Ph.D., is a Senior Scientist at FPG Child Development Institute. Dean is Co-Director of the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN), Co-Director of the State Implementation and Scale up of Evidence-based Practices (SISEP) Center, and Co-Chair of the Global Implementation Conference. Fixsen is an implementation research consultant on 6 NIH RO1 grants and serves on several national advisory boards.

Fixsen began his career in human services in 1963 as a psychiatric Aade in a large state hospital for children with profound developmental delays. He has spent his career developing and implementing evidence-based programs, initiating and managing change processes in provider organizations and service delivery systems, and working with others to improve the lives of children, families, and adults. Over the past five decades, he has co-authored over 100 publications including the highly regarded monograph, Implementation Research: A Synthesis of the Literature. He has served on numerous editorial boards and has served as an advisor to federal, state, and local governments.