Plenary Panel Sessions

We are excited to announce the line-up of knowledgeable and insightful discussants for a series of ‘State of the Field’ plenary panels sessions as a core part of the programme.

The State of the Field Sessions

As more implementation-informed efforts are happening around the world, we are even more aware of the value of thinking across boundaries to learn together about effective implementation across:

  • disciplines,
  • political, university, and community divides, and
  • higher income and lower income settings,

And in doing so, identifying our similarities and differences to strengthen our learning and to strengthen the field.

The plenary panels will enhance and consolidate our knowledge related to areas of general consensus or confidence (what we know), discuss common challenges regarding what we are continuing to learn, and identify topics which may benefit from further analysis from diverse perspectives, settings, and partnerships.

The invited panellists will bring their global implementation expertise to share ‘real world’ experience and insights, drawing upon their personal involvement in implementation practice, implementation research, policy implementation, and measurement and data for implementation and improvement.

State of the Field: ‘Implementation Practice’ Panel

“The work of successful implementation to achieve desired change takes knowledge, skills, professional courage, and personal commitment. This work is not for the naïve or faint of heart.” (Van Dyke and Naoom, 2015).

So much progress has been made in understanding the central tenets of implementation practice. With the increase in efforts to integrate evidence into the ways in which we lead, guide and follow through on implementing changes and improvements, we have the opportunity to consolidate our learning. To date,

  • What have we learned about effectively building local implementation capacity to guide and sustain complex improvements?
  • What challenges must we overcome to further strengthen our capability to guide complex improvements efforts that are sustainable and scalable?
  • Where should we direct our collective energy and intelligence to untie the ‘Gordian knots’ of implementation practice?

To address these questions and more, we have invited panellists with contrasting and complementary knowledge, experience, and insights to ‘look back’ and to ‘look forward’ with us – to share their perspectives on the ‘State of the Field’ of Implementation Practice.

Implementation Practice Panelists

  • Mary Salveron, Research Fellow at the University of South Australia with over 10 years’ experience in the field of child protection, specialising in research methodologies with vulnerable children and families, evaluation of child protection systems and implementation.
  • Laura Ghiron, Vice President of Partners in Expanding Health Quality and Access, and member of the Expandnet Secretariat, has spent more than two decades working with partners across the world specialising in public health and development initiatives.
  • Jacquie Brown, Executive Director of Families Foundation and Co-Director for the Child and Family Evidence-based Practice Consortium, brings expertise in the application of implementation science to systems, communities and organisations, informed by many years in management of community-based services, in high and low income contexts.

State of the field: ‘Implementation Research’ Panel

“Questions asked with the aim of improving implementation are … variants of ‘what works, compared with what, how well, with what exposure, with what behaviours (for how long), for whom, in what setting and why?’ Relevant evidence is being published at a high rate, but its quantity, complexity and lack of shared terminologies present challenges." (Michie and Johnston, 2017)

While taking account of diverse perspectives and settings, panellists will consider together areas of significant confidence or consensus about approaches to implementation research, as well as reflect on the challenges that exist for implementation research. During this panel, the facilitated discussion will include weighing up the value or challenges of employing ‘frameworks,’ the risks of non-strategic research agenda setting, the continuing challenge of research in the absence of effective implementation practice, and the place of cutting-edge research design and methods that can enhance the relevance and utility of research findings. To address these questions and more, we have invited panellists with contrasting and complementary knowledge, experience, and insights to ‘look back’ and to ‘look forward’ with us – to share their perspectives on the ‘State of the Field’ of Implementation Research.

State of the field: ‘Implementation Research’ Panel

  • Dean Fixsen, Director of the Active Implementation Research Network and President of the Global Implementation Initiative, and has spent his career developing and implementing evidence-based programs, initiating and managing change processes in provider organizations and service delivery systems, and working with others to improve the lives of children, families, and adults.
  • Jo Rycroft-Malone, is Professor of Implementation & Health Services Research, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research & Impact at Bangor University, and Welsh Health & Care Senior Research Leader, with an international reputation for undertaking research on the strategies, processes and influences of using knowledge in practice.
  • Nhan Tran, works with the World Health Organization in the Department for Management of Non-communicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention and has led the development of initiatives to facilitate the implementation and scale up of proven effective interventions.

State of the field: ‘Measurement and Data for Implementation and Improvement’ Panel

“The value of efficiently and rapidly spreading the ‘golden thread’ of readily usable and clinically salient information that drives treatment and decision-making throughout an organization cannot be understated” (Douglas, Button, Casey, 2016).

The growing use of data for guiding strategic decisions and improvement efforts brings invaluable insights, related to meaningful evidence, and is increasingly illustrating that ambitions for progress will be stymied without access to it. The ongoing use of the ‘right data’ will be at the heart of this panel discussion, which will explore key lessons on how to build capacity to embed the collection and use of data as the ‘typical way of work’, and what messages can promote its importance with strategic leaders, policy makers, practitioners and service users.

The panellists, with contrasting and complementary knowledge, experience, and insights, will be invited to discuss the importance of measurement and data in implementation practice, and will discuss the inherent challenges, as well as the successful strategies to overcome them. The panellists will also ‘look back’ and ‘look forward’ with us – to share their perspectives on the ‘State of the Field’ of Measurement and Data for Implementation and Improvement.

Implementation Measurement and Data Panelists

  • Eric Bruns, Professor in Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Washington, with research focuses on public child-serving systems and how to maximize their positive effects on youth with behavioural health needs and their families.
  • Terje Ogden, Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Center for Child Behavioral Development in Oslo with interest and experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based interventions targeting children and youth with mental health and conduct problems.
  • Grace Irimu, Associate Professor in Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Nairobi, and is a researcher and public health specialist in Kenya, with experience in evaluating the effect of paediatric protocols and scaling up of Emergency, Triage, Assessment and Treatment care in Kenya.

State of the field: ‘Policy Implementation’ Panel

“Research on policy implementation emerged from the insight that political intentions seldom resulted in the planned changes, which encouraged researchers to investigate what occurred in the process and how it affected the results” (Nilsen, Ståhl, Roback, Cairney, 2013).

The policy implementation landscape is broad and complex. Theories of public policy and theories of governance often focus on different actions or levers when making sense of the relationship between policymaking and measurable, meaningful results. However, these diverse perspectives can stimulate new ideas to provide additional insights and guidance for research and practice to improve policy implementation.

The panellists, with contrasting and complementary knowledge, experience, and insights, will be invited to discuss the inherent challenges of policy implementation, as well as the successful approaches to overcome those challenges. The panellists will be invited to ‘look back’ and to ‘look forward’ with us – to share their perspectives on the ‘State of the Field’ of Policy Implementation.

Policy Implementation Panelists

  • Nicolaj Ejler is a partner in Realize, Denmark and has a prominent profile in public sector development in Scandinavia, with extensive experience and work in evaluations, Randomised Control Trials (RCT) and methodological development projects as Director in Rambøll Management.
  • Michael Woolcock, Lead Social Scientist in the World Bank's Development Research Group, with his research focusing on strategies for enhancing state capability for implementation, on crafting more effective interaction between informal and formal justice systems, and on using mixed methods to assess the effectiveness of "complex" development interventions.
  • Jill Schofield, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Faculty of Business and Social Sciences at Kingston University, London, with 10 years experience in healthcare management in the NHS and BUPA, and subsequent academic experience focusing on Implementation theory in the NHS.

Interactive Workshops and Storyboards

On top of the four ‘State of the Field’ Plenary Panels, there is a wide selection of interactive workshops and storyboard presentations to choose from.

Choose from 36 interactive workshops exploring the 'hot topics for implementation'.

Choose from more than 150 storyboards where you can network, get that latest insights and a sense of the breadth and depth of the field

Find out more about the topics and themes