By Katy Sides
Melissa Van Dyke will lead a webinar on August 13 at 3pm. The topic of the webinar is implementation science, the scientific study of methods to promote the integration of research findings and evidence into social policy and practice, and its applicability to early childhood initiatives. Melissa is an Investigator and the Co-Director of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN), UNC Chapel Hill. The mission of NIRN is to contribute to the best practices and science of implementation, organization change, and system reinvention to improve outcomes across the spectrum of human services.
NIRN has the following goals:
- To advance the science of implementation across human service domains (e.g. health, education, social services).
- To inform policies that promote implementation science and best practices in human services.
- To ensure that the voices and experiences of diverse communities and consumers influence and guide implementation efforts.
As private and government funding become more heavily focused on evidence-based practices, early childhood programs will need to increase their abilities to conduct, learn from and implement lessons discovered during research and evaluation. This webinar will introduce early childhood leaders to the concept of implementation science and the ways that it can benefit their programs.
For information on how to participate in the webinar, see: https://www.instituteforchildsuccess.org/events.php.