tools

Are you looking for tools to assist in community building, dissemination planning, implementation, or scale-up of evidence-based public health innovations? We’ve curated a list of useful tools, toolkits, and registries.
Community building

The Community Tool Box is a global resource for free information on essential skills for building healthy communities.

Dissemination planning

The AHRQ Dissemination Planning Tool was developed to help researchers evaluate their research and develop appropriate dissemination plans, if the research is determined to have “real world” impact.

Implementation research

The PCORI Dissemination and Implementation Framework incorporates aspects of existing models to understand dissemination and implementation within the context of PCORI’s strategic goal to speed the adoption of patient-centered outcomes research.

The Implementation Science Research Development (ImpRes) Tool and Guide aims to help researchers successfully apply implementation science concepts, principles and methods to implementation research by providing a step-by-step approach to designing high quality and rigorous implementation projects. ImpRes was developed following a scoping review of the implementation science literature to identify the core principles of implementation science, and following an iterative process of consulting international experts in the field of implementation science. ImpRes contains 10 domains that cover the core principles and methods of implementation science that research teams should consider when planning and designing implementation research in the context of health care. ImpRes was developed by implementation science researchers at the Centre for Implementation Science at King’s College London.

The VA’s Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) ) has created a training on Implementation facilitation (IF), a multi-faceted process of enabling and supporting individuals, groups, and organizations in their efforts to adopt and incorporate evidence-based practices into routine care. Using Implementation Facilitation to Improve Healthcare Implementation Facilitation Training Manual (Version 3) is a comprehensive resource for individuals seeking to apply implementation facilitation to enhance the uptake of evidence-based practices in their organization.

The TDR Implementation Research Toolkit is a product of the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases designed to help people learn a standard process that would lead to results that can be compared across regions and countries; identify system bottlenecks and the stakeholders who need to be involved; formulate appropriate research questions; conduct research; and develop plans for implementing study results.

Public health tools and methods

The National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT) is one of six National Collaborating Centres for Public Health in Canada. The NCCMT has a searchable registry of methods and tools related public health.

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.

D&I Catalogs

The CTSA Compendium of D&I Catalogs provides a curated list of resource catalogs relevant to the conduct of Dissemination & Implementation (D&I) science.

The resource catalogs gathered here include frameworks/theories/models, methods/measures, funding resources, practice resources, training, and health equity resources. Included resource catalogs are curated/sponsored by academic and non-profit organizations with expertise in D&I; contain multiple resources that are systematically organized; and are (in almost all cases) both open-access and actively maintained/updated.

How to use the D&I Catalogs tool: Use the Sort and Filter functions below to view resources in categories of interest, or to view “featured resources.” Use this D&I Resource Suggestion Form to suggest a new catalog for inclusion.


This resource was developed by the Clinical & Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program’s “Advancing Dissemination and Implementation Sciences in CTSAs” working group. This group focuses on meeting both the conceptual as well as practical challenges to advancing the utilization of D&I across the translational science spectrum. In particular, this group focuses on the “how” of D&I integration within CTSA hubs nationally, and on creating and disseminating practical tools, resources, and insights that CTSAs can use to fully realize the potential of D&I to enhance CTSAs’ mission.


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