The Global Implementation Conference (GIC) is one of the world’s leading implementation conferences. Hosted biennially by the Global Implementation Society (GIS), the conference aims to promote implementation science, practice, and policy and their active application in human services in order to contribute to socially significant benefits to people and society. Previous GIC Conferences have engaged delegates from 25 countries representing a wide range of disciplines. With a focus on addressing equity and building capacity throughout the world, GIC 2021 will continue to engage the expanding global implementation community through dialogue and interactive learning opportunities. The conference will feature cutting edge implementation research and real-world application of implementation practice and policy in diverse contexts and help to overcome inequity in human service systems by targeting its root causes.


Our conference audience includes individuals and organizations that use, evaluate, support, and promote effective implementation practices.  The core audience for the GIC include the “changemakers” within systems, including implementation specialists, applied researchers, quality improvement managers, purveyors, intermediaries, implementing organizations, implementation networks, funders, policy makers, decision makers, and students. The GIC emphasizes the application of implementation science and effective implementation practices at its core, with implementation research serving a foundation for translating evidence to applied settings.


GIC 2021 will explore a wide range of topics over four days of lecture, interactive workshop sessions, storyboard sessions, and networking events, including:

  • Systems thinking in implementation design
  • Scaling and sustainment
  • Equity and inclusiveness
  • Implementation capacity and readiness assessment 
  • Cross-cultural fidelity and adaptation
  • Cost-effectiveness measurement and tools  
  • Leadership and change management
  • Implementation capacity and readiness assessment 
  • Using technology in high- and low-resource settings 
  • Implementation strategy selection/intervention mapping

Session Highlights

Programming Subject to Change


Experience using ExpandNet/WHO tools to Achieve Country Ownership and Sustainable, Scalable Implementation Results

Laura Ghiron, MPH, President of Partners in Expanding Health Quality and Access & Alexis Ntabona, MD, MPH, ExpandNet Consultant and Former Lead of the Technical Support Team, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, WHO


Tailoring Implementation Strategies to the Local Context: Leveraging Implementation Science to Design Implementation Strategies Using Theory & Evidence

Julia Moore, PhD, Executive Director, The Center for Implementation, Canada & Byron Powell, PhD, Assistant Professor, Brown School at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA


Leadership and Implementation: Exploring Leadership and the Role of Leaders in Integrating the Science & Practice of Implementation into Organisations’ Systems

Claire Burns, Director, Centre for Excellence for Children's Care and Protection, Ireland & Eleanor McClorey, Independent Consultant and Coach, Ireland


Introduction to Economic Evaluation in Implementation Science

Alex Dopp, PhD, Associate Behavioral & Social Scientist,  RAND Corporation; Heather Taffet Gold, PhD, Professor, New York University, School of Medicine New York, USA & Todd Wagner, PhD, Associate Professor, Stanford University, USA



Diving Deep into Context: Mixed-Method Readiness Assessment

Jonathan Scaccia, Principal, The Dawn Chorus Group


Community Engagement for Implementation Science Research and Practice

Francisca Infante E. EdM, Dean of Social Science, Universidad de las Américas, Chile & Jesse N. Nodora, DrPH, Implementation Investigator, UC San Diego and Moores Cancer Center

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