SW 624 Methods in Implementation Science

3 credits

This course will focus on developing students’ knowledge of implementation science methodologies. Students will be introduced to the structure, function, and process of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods designs commonly used to evaluate implementation strategies, and how these innovative designs can be employed when translating evidence into practice. We will examine the various forms of analysis used to evaluate implementation interventions and promote the uptake of evidence-based practices. We will also consider ethical issues involved in assessing evidence-to-practice gaps within the context of a trauma-informed human rights (TIHR) perspective.

Prerequisite: SW 621 Concepts in Implementation Science or permission of instructor(s)


After completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Discuss the rationale for using qualitative and quantitative methods in implementation research;
  2. Identify the types of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods designs used to evaluate implementation strategies,assess their appropriateness, and understand their benefits and limitations;
  3. Practice quantitative and qualitative data analytic strategies commonly used in implementation research;
  4. Discuss methods for sampling and recruitment of study participants; and
  5. Describe the principles of obtaining informed consent and adhering to ethical guidelines for data collection and management using a TIHR perspective.