SW 621 Concepts in Implementation Science

3 credits

This course grounds students in the principles and practice of implementation science, and provides the foundation to develop strategies designed to advance the successful adoption and use of evidence-based interventions. Students will be introduced to terminology commonly used within implementation science and models that guide the process of translating research into practice. The course will explore theories and frameworks that are frequently applied to guide implementation planning and evaluation, and to identify barriers and facilitators to successful implementation of evidence-based interventions. We will consider strategies used to promote the uptake of interventions, and measures designed to assess key determinants of implementation strategies. Challenges faced in implementing evidence-based practices, programs, and polices within the context of a trauma-informed human rights (TIHR) perspective will be considered. We will also explore how professional collaboration networks (PCNs) can be used when translating evidence into practice.


After completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Articulate the key aspects of implementation science and its applicability in micro, mezzo, and macro social work practice settings;
  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of how to apply process models to translate evidence into practice;
  3. Describe the various frameworks and theories used to understand and/or explain the primary influencers of intervention outcomes (e.g., why an intervention may or may not be adopted within a specific social work setting) and their alignment with a TIHR perspective;
  4. Discuss how implementation strategies can be used to enhance adoption, implementation, and sustainability of evidence-based interventions;
  5. Demonstrate knowledge about how matrices are used to assess implementation strategies; and
  6. Identify the role of PCNs in assessing and implementing evidence-based practices, programs, and policies.