D&I Model Webtool

Tutorial

This tutorial provides you with a brief overview of this webtool.

We designed this website and webtool to help you develop a logic model for your project, select the D&I model or models for your project, combine or adapt models as needed to fit your study or practice context, and integrate the model throughout your project, including measurement. This tutorial video will provide you with a brief overview of this website with a special focus on the support pages. Separate tutorial videos are provided for each section of the webtool below.

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+/-Webtool Overview

The interactive D&I models webtool includes six main sections which are Plan, Select, Combine, Adapt, Use, and Measure Constructs. We designed this webtool to help you develop a logic model for your project, select the D&I model or models for your project, combine or adapt models as needed to fit your study or practice context, and integrate the model throughout your project, including measurement.

If you are new to D&I Science, we suggest that you use this webtool in a linear fashion starting with the Plan section and moving through each consecutive sections.

If you have at least some experience with D&I Science, you might use most relevant sections of the webtool and possibly not in a linear manner

Each section has a brief description and recommended strategies as well as worksheets and examples. One of the examples is carried through across all sections to allow you to appreciate how to use the webtool in its entirety. We created separate tutorials for each section of the webtool, which you can access below.

+/-Plan

This section of the webtool will help you create a logic model for your D&I project. This logic model can help identify key constructs for you project. By a construct, we mean a concept or element in your D&I model, intervention, implementation strategy or hypothesized outcome(s). Constructs are used in this webtool to help you select potential D&I models and identify appropriate Measures for your D&I project. Examples of logic models are provided below. We STRONGLY ADVISE you to view the brief videos and then work through the resources with respect to your project. You will end up with a completed, project tailored logic model that you can use for your grant or paper as well as in the other webtool sections when selecting D&I models.

This page is divided into two main sections. The first helps you create a logic model for your project and the second helps with the selection of key constructs. Each section has its own video, worksheet and examples demonstrating how to apply these concepts to your project.

+/-Select

The Select section of the webtool allows for the review including the comparison of included D&I models. There are a few ways you can access and navigate the catalog of models.

  • View Strategies provides you with strategies and tips to select D&I models.
  • View All D&I Models allows you to review and choose among all available models on the site. You can compare models by selecting the check box next to the model name. Additional information on each model can be found by clicking on the Description link under each Model name.
  • Search D&I Models allows you to search for D&I models by entering a keyword. You can also individually set your own criteria to search within a particular socio-ecological level (such as organization, policy, or community), choose which constructs apply and whether you’re searching for dissemination and/or implementation. When choosing the constructs, WE RECOMMEND that you choose no more than five key constructs. Results will be organized by the ‘degree of fit’ as measured by the number of matching constructs from the model with your set search criteria. Secondary sorting is done by the number of citations for the primary publication associated with the model since 2016 as noted by Google Scholar.

Each D&I model has its own separate page (see an example page here) with the full set of metadata including linkage to the relevant website for the model, key citations including example applications and ratings and comments for the given model.

+/-Combine

The Combine section provides you with strategies on how to use more than one D&I model. There are many occasions when selecting just one model will not address all your needs for guiding the planning, design, implementation, and evaluation activities. When one model does not suffice, you might decide to select multiple models and combine them.

The dropdowns provide an overview of key issues including specific examples where D&I models were combined successfully. These issues include:

  • Reasons to combine
  • First steps for combining D&I models
  • And key considerations when combining multiple models
  • The last section provides published examples of successful D&I model combinations.

+/-Adapt

There is likely no D&I model that will perfectly fit every aspect of your D&I project, so it may be necessary to adapt a model for your D&I project. The Adapt section summarizes considerations for adapting an existing model to improve fit to the context of your D&I project. In this section we provide strategies to adapt D&I models. The dropdowns include:

  • What are some reasons to adapt a D&I model?
  • What are the benefits of adapting an existing D&I model instead of creating a new D&I model?
  • What should be considered before adapting an existing D&I model?
  • How much of a D&I model can be adapted?

The last section provides a worksheet and an example to support D&I model adaptation. This includes the study introduced in the PLAN section, the 5 A’s.

+/-Use

Once you have Selected, Combined, and/or Adapted your D&I model(s), it is time to put it/them into action. The Use section provides guidance on how to operationalize the selected D&I model(s) throughout your D&I project. In this section, we provide strategies to use D&I models. The dropdowns include:

  • What does it mean to use a D&I model?
  • When should you start to use a D&I model?
  • Across what stages of a D&I projects should D&I models be used?
  • How can D&I models support the selection of measures and evaluation of a study?

The last section provides a worksheet and an example to support D&I model use. This includes the study introduced in the PLAN section, the 5 A’s.

+/-Measure

The Measure Constructs page provides a list of constructs affiliated with D&I models and links to measures for these constructs. This page allows you to quickly browse constructs, as well as additional information on each construct in the descriptions. You can quickly access a reference to each model which aligns with a given construct, and also the “elements” or components abstracted from each model. See an example construct page here.