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Implementation Science

, 10:94

First Online: 04 July 2015Received: 19 October 2014Accepted: 15 June 2015DOI: 10.1186-s13012-015-0281-6

Cite this article as: Morrato, E.H., Rabin, B., Proctor, J. et al. Implementation Sci 2015 10: 94. doi:10.1186-s13012-015-0281-6


BackgroundCurrently, national training programs do not have the capacity to meet the growing demand for dissemination and implementation DandI workforce education and development. The Colorado Research in Implementation Science Program CRISP developed and delivered an introductory DandI workshop adapted from national programs to extend training reach and foster a local learning community for DandI.

MethodsTo gauge interest and assess learning needs, a pre-registration survey was administered. Based on feedback, a 1.5-day workshop was designed. Day 1 introduced DandI frameworks, strategies, and evaluation principles. Local and national DandI experts provided ignite-style talks on key lessons followed by panel discussion. Breakout sessions discussed community engagement and applying for DandI grants. A workbook was developed to enhance the training and provided exercises for application to an individual’s projects. Day 2 offered expert-led mentoring sessions with selected participants who desired advanced instruction. Two follow-up surveys immediate post-workshop, 6 months assessed knowledge gained from participation and utilization of workshop content.

ResultsNinety-three workshop registrants completed an assessment survey to inform workshop objectives and curriculum design; 43 % were new and 54 % reported a basic understanding of the DandI field. Pre-registrants intended to use the training to -apply for a DandI grant- 73 %; -incorporate DandI into existing projects- 76 %, and for quality improvement 51 %. Sixty-eight individuals attended Day 1; 11 also attended Day 2 mentoring sessions. In the 1-week post-workshop survey n = 34, 100 % strongly agreed they were satisfied with the training; 97 % strongly agreed the workshop workbook was a valuable resource. All Day 2 participants strongly agreed that working closely with faculty and experts increased their overall confidence. In the 6-month follow-up evaluation n = 23, evidence of new DandI-related manuscripts and grant proposals was found. Training materials were published online and disseminated via the National Institutes of Health NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards Consortium. To sustain reach, CRISP adapted the materials into an interactive e-book and launched a new graduate course.

ConclusionsLocal DandI training workshops can extend the reach of national training programs.

KeywordsDissemination and implementation science Training Online education  Download fulltext PDF

Author: Elaine H. Morrato - Borsika Rabin - Jeff Proctor - Lisa C. Cicutto - Catherine T. Battaglia - Anne Lambert-Kerzner - Bonn


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