The 3rd biennial NIMH-funded SIRC conference

“Advancing Efficient Methodologies through Community Partnerships and Team Science???

September 25-26, 2015


The goal of this conference is to promote Efficiency and Speed – the use of prudent and swift methods to study dissemination and implementation to make findings applicable in a timely manner and limit the burden placed on administrators, staff, and providers (Glasgow et al., 2012).

As is commonly observed and cleverly depicted in the sign above, it is challenging to accomplish anything in a way that is both efficient and preserves quality. Implementation research is no exception. We are looking forward to highlighting implementation projects and studies that reflect the sign above: good, cheap, and fast. Ideally, our implementation and research methods would achieve all three principles – but two out of three’s not bad…


Priority will be given to submissions that address this overall conference theme. Submissions on empirical studies with data already collected will be given priority over those with data collection in progress or pending. Presentations on conceptual models of implementation are welcomed, particularly if they have been tested and offer an innovative and efficient approach to implementation. Submissions addressing the following topics are encouraged, but this list is not meant to be exhaustive.

Key Efficiency Issues:

  • Managing fidelity and supervision for multiple EBPs in one setting
  • Models/methods for reducing staff turnover
  • Training efficiency: How low can you go? Or how can you do it differently to keep the bar high?
  • Looking beyond training – feasible models and methods that implement and sustain EBPs for the long term
  • Community-led evaluations (engaging stakeholders to reduce burden and increase relevance)
  • Matching models of implementation to system needs and capacities


Using Available and Affordable Tools:

  • Use of electronic health records, administrative data, progress monitoring, or other existing program resources to promote evaluation
  • (Continuous) Quality Improvement or examples of iterative small scale trials of change
  • Use of decision support tools
  • Use of computer-based/online implementation methodologies
  • Technological solutions: Machine learning, textual analysis, strategies for managing big data


Research Design and Statistical Solutions:

  • Adaptive and SMART designs
  • Analysis of qualitative data
  • Hybrid designs (effectiveness-implementation hybrids)
  • Methods that can rapidly inform health care practice


As always at SIRC, we hope most attendees will present as well as attend the conference, particularly our growing number of EBP Champion members (administrators, clinicians, trainers, and implementation practitioners and purveyors).


We invite submissions for oral presentations of 15-20 minutes or posters. Presentations not accepted for oral format will automatically be considered for poster format unless declined by the author.


Submissions include: title of presentation, an abstract of 200 words or less, 3-5 key words that describes your presentation, all authors’ names and affiliations.  You can copy and paste or type text directly into the submission survey. 


Talk Proposal Submissions


Poster Proposal Submissions


The deadline for submissions is February 13, 2015


***Please note symposia of 3 presenters will be organized by the SIRC Core Committee based on the submissions received. If you have a group of presentations you would like to organize into a symposium, please email us at and we can arrange for an alternate submission format. In order to complete the submission process for a symposium, you will need to specify both a chair and a discussant as well as at least 3 key words that best describe your symposium. ***