The NIH supports dissemination and implementation (D&I) research on how evidence-based practices, interventions, and policies are effectively translated to and used in real-world settings like hospitals, schools, and communities.
D&I Frameworks, Theories, and Models
D&I frameworks, theories, and models give researchers a systematic way to understand, use, and evaluate evidence-based interventions in specific settings.
An interactive website for selecting, adapting, and integrating D&I Models in research and practice, and finding existing measurement instruments for the model constructs.
A guide that introduces approaches to doing research on implementation, including methods, tools, resources, and more.
A project that looks to identify the outcomes and associated measures evidence base to inform D&I research and practice, and to create standardized, vetted D&I measures.
A collection of D&I health services research resources, including data, tools, statistics, funding announcements, publications, and more.
Training and Education
Learn about NIH programs to help you prepare for careers in D&I research.
The Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH) was developed by the NIH to help build capacity in dissemination and implementation research. Offered annually and hosted by the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), in coordination with a number of NIH Institutes and Centers and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), TIDIRH provides participants with a thorough grounding in conducting D&I research in health across all areas of health and health care.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) hosts the Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer (TIDIRC) to provide participants with a thorough grounding in conducting D&I research with a specific focus on cancer, across the cancer control continuum. Participants are expected to return to their home institutions prepared to share what they have learned to help further the field of D&I research.
The Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) Implementation cyber seminar includes discussion of: (1) implementation research frameworks, theories, and models; (2) how to diagnose a gap and design an intervention; (3) methods used in implementing research into practice; (4) formative evaluation; and (5) tools for implementation.
The Enhancing Implementation Science (EIS) cyber seminar (presentation slides, audio, and transcript available for download) highlights the important role of theory in implementation research. Guidelines for applying theory are presented, along with example studies.
The Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) Implementation cyber seminar covers the foundations of implementation theories, theoretical frameworks, and models. Also introduces different types of theories and models, and guidelines for selecting and using theoretical frameworks.
Find seminars, courses, webinars, online tutorials, and more in prevention research methodology, focusing on study design, intervention design, data analysis, and measurement methods.
NIH Institutes/Centers and Federal Partner Activities
Many NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) are active in D&I research and may be helpful starting points as you plan your research or if you’re exploring the latest work in a specific area.
We encourage you to use the links provided to find the most up-to-date information, including how to contact any program officials who may be able to address your specific questions.