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.

The Healthy NC Improvement App (IMAPP) is a free, interactive, web-based resource designed to bring together the best knowledge available on community health improvement interventions. IMAPP’s implementation tools and resources are organized around the Getting to Outcomes (GTO) framework. This framework provides a structured approach to implementation that helps community partnerships to plan, implement, evaluate, improve and sustain an intervention. To learn more about how the GTO framework can help address implementation challenges, read Integrating empowerment evaluation and quality improvement to achieve healthcare improvement outcomes by Wandersman A, Alia KA, Cook B and Ramaswamy R.

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.

Beyond Scientific Publication: Strategies for Disseminating Research Findings provides key strategies for dissemination, including practical advice and specific templates you can adapt for your use.

Make Research Matter Planning Tool is an interactive web-based tool which provides a tailored report to help researchers with the creation of dissemination plans. The tool was developed for researchers involved in cancer communication, but it is not designed specifically for cancer or cancer communication studies.

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) Implementation Guide introduces approaches to conduct research on implementation. Studying how implementation is done can lead to insights into improving implementation practice.

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 & methods

The Knowledge for Health (K4Health) project is the flagship knowledge management project of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Global Health, Office of Population and Reproductive Health. K4Health is implemented by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP), FHI 360, IntraHealth International, and Management Sciences for Health (MSH), in collaboration with a host of partners around the world. They have a collection of tools, resources and evidence available geared for the global health professional.

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.

Scale-up and spread

Implementation Best Practices (IBP) initiative — IBP is a collaboration between the WHO, USAID, and United Nations Population Fund. It is “dedicated to strengthening the capacity of the family planning/reproductive health community to identify, implement, and scale-up effective practices through sharing knowledge and resources”.

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.