Welcome to the Dissemination and Implementation Models in Health Research and Practice webtool, an interactive catalog of Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) models for use in research and practice.
This tutorial provides you with a brief overview of this webtool. An accompanying brief video tutorial can be accessed here. (COMING SOON)
This interactive webtool is designed to help researchers and practitioners develop a ‘logic model’ or roadmap for their research or practice question, select the dissemination and implementation (D&I) Model(s) that best fit(s) their research question or practice problem, combine multiple D&I Models, adapt the D&I model(s) to the study or practice context, use the D&I Model(s) throughout the research or practice process, and find existing measures to assess the key constructs of the D&I Model(s) selected. The term ‘Model’ is used to refer to both theories and frameworks that make the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based interventions more likely.
This interactive webtool has five main sections outlined on the Home page as Plan, Select, Combine, Adapt, Use, and Measure Constructs. Additional support pages (e.g., Resources, Submit Models, About Us, Glossary, FAQ, Contact us, as well as this Tutorial) are included to facilitate the use of this webtool.
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.The Plan section of the webtool was designed to guide you through the process of creating a logic model or roadmap of your research o practice project. On this page a number of resources are provided including a video tutorial for this section, a logic model and worksheet template and examples for a clinical and community-based project filled out for each. This might be the most complex section of the webtool and we strongly recommend that you watch the brief video tutorial that can orient you.
The Select section of the webtool allows for the review including comparison of included D&I models. There are a few ways you can access and navigate the catalog of models.
- View All D&I Models allows you to review and choose among all available models on the site. You can compare up to five 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.
Each D&I model has its own separate page (see an example page here) with the full set of meta data including linkage to the relevant website for the model, key citations including example applications and ratings and comments for the given model.
The next section is Combine which provides you with strategies on how to use more than one D&I models. Expandable sections provide overview of key issues including specific examples of studies where D&I models were combined successfully.
After selecting and if needed combining our D&I model(s), often we need to adapt them to our local context. The next section of the webtool provides strategies to Adapt models. A worksheet in the form of a fillable pdf and an example are also provided and can be downloaded.
The next section of the webtool, Use provides guidance on how to operationalize the selected D&I model(s) throughout the course of your research or practice project. Similar to the Combine and Adapt sections, expandable sections address different key areas and a fillable worksheet and example supports your work.
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.
The webtool also features interactive, community resource pages including:
- Resources,featuring seminal publications and relevant websites;
- Submit Models, where you as the user can submit a model you have found useful in your practice;
- About Us, where you can learn about our mission, method, our team, and funding;
- Frequently Asked Questions;
- Glossary of terms that are used throughout the site; and
- Contact Us .
Thank you for visiting the Dissemination & Implementation Models in Health Research and Practice webtool! We hope you find this to be a valuable resource in your work, and we greatly value your participation and feedback. Please, contact us with any questions or comments.