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Implementation Science Workgroup

Purpose

The purpose of the Implementation Science workgroup is to explore how the principles of implementation science are applied within early care and education research. Specifically, this workgroup will dig deep into topical areas in early care and education (ECE) research—such as professional development of the ECE workforce, the introduction of specific curricula, and statewide quality improvement initiatives—and will identify the challenges and lessons learned when applying implementation science to this field of study. The objectives of this workgroup:

  1. To share and discuss ECE research and evaluation activities as they relate to implementation science with an aim toward sharing challenges and lessons learned
  2. To produce and disseminate materials highlighting examples of ECE work that makes use of implementation principles and strategies in an effort to clarify what is meant by implementation science and to develop a common understanding of the terminology and frameworks for this work among ECE researchers
  3. To identify ways of advancing the research agenda and of engaging stakeholders in the nexus between implementation and ECE research

Products

Susman-Stillman, A., Wanless, S.B., & Weiland, C. (forthcoming). Considerations in applying theoretical frameworks to fidelity research in early care and education. Washington, DC: U.S. Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation.

Metz, A., Naoom, S.F., Halle, T., & Bartley, L. (2015). An integrated stage-based framework for implementation of early childhood programs and systems (Research Brief OPRE 2015-48). Washington, DC: U.S. Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation.

Paulsell, D., Austin, A. M. B., & Lokteff, M. (2013). Measuring implementation of early childhood interventions at multiple system levels (Research Brief OPRE 2013-16). Washington, DC: U.S. Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation.

Wasik, B. A., Mattera, S. K., Lloyd, C. M., & Boller, K. (2013). Intervention dosage in early childhood care and education: It's complicated (Research Brief OPRE 2013-15). Washington, DC: U.S. Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation.

Downer, J. & Yazejian, N. (2013). Measuring the quality and quantity of implementation in early childhood interventions (Research Brief OPRE 2013-12). Washington, DC: U.S. Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation.

Halle, T., Metz, A., & Martinez-Beck, I. (Eds.) (2013). Applying implementation science in early childhood programs and systems. Baltimore, MD: Brookes.

Meetings and Webinars

Implementation Workgroup Calls (notes available upon request)

  • 2015: April, July
  • 2014: February, May, August, December
  • 2013: April, June, September
  • 2012: March, June, September and December
  • 2011: October and December

2015 Quarterly Webinars Focus: Implementation Science and Professional Development of the Early Care and Education Workforce

  • Implementation of Professional Development Models within Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
    Bentley Ponder and Pam Bojo, April 28, 2015
  • Upcoming: July 22, 2015

2014 Quarterly Webinars Focus: Strengthening the measurement and reporting of core elements of implementation within early care and education initiatives

  • Translating Research to Practice: CDC's Legacy for Children™ Intervention
    Ruth Perou & Lara Robinson; February 3, 2014
  • Measuring Instructional Quality in Early Learning Programs
    Susan Landry; May 7, 2014
  • Validating measures of coaching fidelity
    Lindsey Allard Agnamba, August 6, 2014
  • Examining Family Child Care Participation and Engagement in QRIS: Using An Implementation Science Lens
    Rena Hallam and Annette Searfoss, December 18, 2014

Working Meeting on the Application of Implementation Science to Early Care and Education Research, September 2010, Silver Spring, MD

Presentations

  • Douglas, A., Halle, T., Paulsell, D., Daily, S., Moodie, S., & Metz, A. (2015). A How-To Guide for Implementing Parenting Programs in the United States. Global Implementation Conference, May 28, 2015. Dublin, Ireland.
  • Halle, T., Naoom, S.F., Metz, A., & Bartley, (2015). An Integrated Stage-Based Framework for Implementation: A Universal Guide and Planning Tool. Global Implementation Conference, May 27, 2015. Dublin, Ireland.
  • Halle, T., Hallam, R., Searfoss, A., & Zaslow, M. (2015). Building Better Professional Development Systems with the help of Implementation Science: What you need to Know. NAEYC PDI, June 7, 2015. New Orleans, LA.
  • Hallam, R., Ponder, B., and Maxwell, K. (2014). Quality Improvement Efforts Across ECE Settings: Using Data and Rapid Feedback Loops. CCPRC Workshop A-1.
  • Halle, T., Mattera, S., Hallam, R., & Wheatley, E. (2014). What does it take to support professional development of ECE providers? Answers and remaining questions from an implementation science perspective. CCPRC Workshop C-1.
  • Landry, S., Vogel, C., & Bradburn, I. (2014). Measurement of implementation: Examples from the Field. CCPRC Workshop A-4.
  • Halle, T. (2013, November). An Overview of Implementation Science and its Implications for Early Childhood Interventions. Presentation for The Engelberg Center for Children and Youth, Myers-JDC- Brookdale Institute and the Haruv Institute, November 28, 2013. Jerusalem, Israel.
  • Halle, T. (2013, October). An Overview of Implementation Science and its Implications for Early Childhood Interventions. Part of Implementation Science, Early Child Care, and Early Intervention Presentation at the Division of Early Childhood's 29th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families, October 17, 2013. San Francisco, CA.
  • Halle, T. (2013, April). Examining the Scaling of Early Childhood Interventions through the Lens of Implementation Science. Presentation at the American Education Research Association Annual Meeting, April 29, 2013, San Francisco, CA.
  • Halle, T. (2013, April). Definitions, Frameworks and Methods for Assessing "Effective Implementation" of Early Childhood Programs and Systems. Presentation at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, April 18, 2013, Seattle, WA.
  • Maxwell, K., Metz, A., & Ponder, B. (2013, August). Using implementation science as a frame for examining quality improvement—Georgia's look at their CCR&R System. Presentation at the QRIS 2013 National Meeting, Washington, DC.
  • Halle, T., (2012, February). Implementation science and its application to state-level TA work for early care and education. Presentation at the CCTAN All-Hands Meeting, February 2, 2012 Washington, DC.
  • Halle, T., Susman-Stillman, A., Boller, K., Yazejian, N., & Knoche, L. (2011, November). Analytic approaches to studying implementation of early childhood programs and systems. Symposium presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Child Care Policy Research Consortium, November 17, 2011, Washington, DC.
  • Metz, A., & Halle, T. (2011, November). Applying the implementation science lens to early care and education research and evaluation. Plenary presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Child Care Policy Research Consortium, November 16, 2011, Washington, DC.
  • Paulsell, D., Halle, T., Maxwell, K., Tout, K., & Swenson-Klatt, D. (2011, November). QRIS through an implementation science lens. Symposium presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Child Care Policy Research Consortium, November 16, 2011, Washington, DC.
  • Halle, T., & Metz, A. (2011, June). Getting from here to there: Installing an integrated systems framework to improving early childhood educator practice. National Association for the Education of Young Children Professional Development Institute, June 15, 2011, Providence, RI.

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