Improving implementation or implementing improvement?

Webinar recording

The past several years have seen increasing focus on improving quality, efficiency, and effectiveness in health and social care. This has resulted in the emergence of a number of new and distinct fields of research and practice, including improvement science and implementation science.

Each method is being employed in Ontario, yet we know little about how the methods compare or if they can be used together.

On October 15th, 2015, the Provincial System Support Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health presented a keynote presentation by two leading international experts in improvement science and implementation science, Dr. Abe Wandersman and Dr. Rohit Ramaswamy. This event was titled, "Improving implementation or implementing improvement?"

Watch the recording and see the presentation slides. To read our primer on implementation science click here and to read one on improvement science click here.

The presenters

Dr. Abraham Wandersman is a professor of psychology at the University of South Carolina-Columbia. He performs research and program evaluation on citizen participation in community organizations and coalitions and on interagency collaboration. Dr. Wandersman has published countless publications on quality improvement and on bridging research and practice, particularly in the areas of alcohol and drug prevention, and behavioral health treatment and prevention. He has won several awards for his work, sits on numerous panels, and is called upon by researchers, community organizations, policymakers, and federal agencies for his input on bringing evidence into practice.

Dr. Rohit Ramaswamy is clinical associate professor in the Public Health Leadership Program and in Maternal and Child Health at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. Ramaswamy’s research focus is on methods and tools for implementation of global health programs, quality improvement of health systems, use of technology for workforce capacity building, and monitoring and evaluation He is an international expert in the field of operational excellence and has worked with numerous non- profits and corporations, including Educational Testing Service, CARE USA, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and AT&T.