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Implementation measurement
Implementation research
Summative evaluation
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Hasan, Mohamed Mosaad Ismail
Smith, J.D.
Implementation research necessitates a shift from clinical trial methods in both the conduct of the study and in the way that it is evaluated given the focus on the impact of implementation strategies. That is, the methods or techniques to support the adoption and delivery of a clinical or preventive intervention, program, or policy. As strategies target one or more levels within the service delivery system, evaluating their impact needs to follow suit. This article discusses the methods and practices involved in quantitative evaluations of implementation research studies. We focus on evaluation methods that characterize and quantify the overall impacts of an implementation strategy on various outcomes. This article discusses available measurement methods for common quantitative implementation outcomes involved in such an evaluationadoption, fidelity, implementation cost, reach, and sustainmentand the sources of such data for these metrics using established taxonomies and frameworks. Last, we present an example of a quantitative evaluation from an ongoing randomized rollout implementation trial of the Collaborative Care Model for depression management in a large primary healthcare system.
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Justin D. Smith and Mohamed Hasan, Psychiatry Research,
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Subject: MESH
Implementation Science
The authors wish to thank Hendricks Brown who provided input on the development of this article and to the members of the Collaborative Behavioral Health Program research team at Northwestern: Lisa J. Rosenthal, Jeffrey Rado, Grace Garcia, Jacob Atlas, Michael Malcolm, Emily Fu, Inger Burnett-Zeigler, C. Hendricks Brown, and John Csernansky. We also wish to thank the Woman's Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, who generously provided a grant to support and evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of this model of care as it was introduced to the Northwestern Medicine system, and our clinical, operations, and quality partners in Northwestern Medicine's Central Region.
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This study was supported by a grant from the Woman's Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and grant P30DA027828 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, awarded to C. Hendricks Brown. The opinions expressed herein are the views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Woman's Board, Northwestern Medicine, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, or any other part of the US Department of Health and Human Services.

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