D&I Workshop 2018

2018 Dissemination & Implementation Science Workshop:
Key Factors for Developing Strong Grant Proposals

When: August 6th & 7th
Where: UNMC Center for Drug Discovery and Lozier Center for Pharmacy (PDD) Room 2006


Keynote Speakers:

Russell Glasgow, PhD
Research Professor, Family Medicine
International Leader in Implementation Science
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Edward Ellerbeck, MD
Professor, Preventive Medicine and Public Health
Director, Cancer Control and Population Health, KU Cancer Center
Director, Clinical and Translational Research Education Center, Frontiers CTSA
Kansas University Medical Center

Christie Befort, PhD
Associate Professor, Preventive Medicine and Public Health
Co-Leader, Cancer Control and Population Health Program, KU Cancer Center
Kansas University Medical Center

David Dzewaltowski, PhD
Community Chair and Professor, Department of Health Promotion
University of Nebraska Medical Center

This event was sponsored by: CENTRIC (Center for Patient, Family, and Community Engagement in Chronic Care Management), The Great Plains IDeA-CTR and the College Of Public Health Department of Health Promotion.

One of the roles of the Community Advisory Board and the Community Engagement Core is to help researchers prioritize research questions and plan for the movement of research into practice. Within the walls of academia and the pages of journal articles the movement of research into practice is defined as an important step on the levels of translational research.

What was new for our 2018 workshop?

Based on feedback from the over 70 participants from the 2017 inaugural workshop, the event maintained the core of the purpose of the workshop—how to get Dissemination and Implementation research funded—with features and sessions to help you do just that. We had sessions that appealed to folks new to D&I research as well as for seasoned veterans in the field.

Over the course of the two days, we had panels, breakout sessions, keynotes, and applied talks. After each applied talk, audience members were given specific tools to follow through in their own work. In the keynotes, we heard from internationally recognized D&I experts on lessons from the field, specifically with rural populations and hot topics in D&I funding—such as how much evidence is needed and adaptations are allowed to evidence-based interventions. The breakout sessions included one of our key changes: an option to choose an introductory or advanced topic. Funded D&I experts also shared sticking points for D&I grants and review through a panel discussion.

Finally, one of the key new features was an opportunity to receive feedback on a proposal. A two page letter of request were submitted by attendees who wanted to be critiqued on how to improve their proposals using D&I principles. The workshop faculty reviewed the proposals in advance and provided individualized feedback.


Introduction by Paul Estabrooks


Russell E. Glasgow, PhD Dissemination and Implementation Research: Current Issues and Areas Ripe for Study

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Paul Estabrooks, PhD Picking and Applying a Dissemination & Implementation Science Theory

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Ed Ellerbeck, MD How Much Evidence Is Needed – and Adaptation Can Be Made – before You Can Do a D&I Project

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Christie Befort, PhD Implementation Context in Rural Primary Care Settings:  Lessons Learned from an Obesity Treatment Trial

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Tzeyu Michaud, PhD Costing out an evidence-based intervention and your implementation strategies: Tools for assessment

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David Dzewaltowski, PhDPopulation Health and Dissemination and Implementation Science: A Great Plains Rural Community Trial Example

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Additional Resources:

Dr. Glasgow’s team – in partnership with the University of Washington in St. Louis – has developed a great 3-minute introductory video on the key ingredients of a successful D&I proposal.

We also have a few readings that can give you some background D&I Science and the workshop. You can find them in THIS FOLDER.