theories & frameworks

Are you looking for an Implementation Science theory or framework to inform your research proposal?

Model Selection

Dissemination & Implementation Models in Health Research & Practice

The D&I Models Webtool is an interactive, online resource designed to help researchers and practitioners navigate D&I Models through planning, selecting, combining, adapting, using, and linking to measures.
(Developed by the Center for Research in Implementation Science and Prevention (CRISP) in collaboration with the Washington University Network for Dissemination and Implementation Research (WUNDIR).)

Organizational theories

Organizational theories explain the complex interaction between organizations and their environments that can help improve the outcomes of implementation science research. The following are a selected compilation of key resources that delve into the role of organizational theory in implementation science.

Publications that address linkages between organizational theories and implementation science:

Organizational theory for dissemination and implementation research (Birken, et al., 2017).

Relevant book chapters from Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health: Translating Science to Practice (2nd edition) edited by Ross Brownson, Graham Colditz and Enola. Publication Date: December 8, 2017.

  • Chapter 8: The role of organizational processes in dissemination and implementation research (Aarons et al.)
  • Chapter 9: Systems thinking and dissemination and implementation research (Riley et al.)

Theory Selection

The Theory Comparison and Selection Tool (T-CaST) is a user-friendly tool to help researchers and practitioners select theories, models, and frameworks to guide implementation projects. The tool offers explicit criteria to facilitate theory comparison during the selection process. T-CaST is also potentially useful in selecting theories, models and framework beyond the field of implementation science.