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Designing for Implementation

An accessible way to design interventions using implementation science

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A comprehensive 6-week online course on designing interventions using implementation science

There is a field dedicated to studying how best to implement and sustain new innovations called implementation science that is complementary to other approaches such as change management and quality improvement. But learning about implementation science, particularly how to apply it to your own work can be daunting. Most people want easy-to-follow guidance on how to use the best practices from implementation science to inform their own projects and work.

Change is hard. Learning about implementation science can help.

Our mission at The Center for Implementation is to accelerate the application of implementation science to improve outcomes. Designing for Implementation is a new 6-week online course that comprehensively guides you through the process of designing interventions using best practices and approaches in implementation science.

In this intensive course, you will:

  • Understand how to apply key process models, theories and frameworks to your design and planning efforts.
  • Learn how to clearly define you problem, and how to build an effective implementation intervention to target this problem.
  • Gain insight on how to build interventions with sustainability in mind.
  • Develop an implementation evaluation plan.
  • Apply what you have learned to your own work, so that you can see the impact of your learning right away.

Access to a wide range of resources, all for a low cost

Enrolling in Designing for Implementation gives you access to online video modules, readings and resources, activities, a workbook, and assignments that enable you to apply the content to your own work.

Designing for Implementation is the only comprehensive online course for professionals in health, public health, mental health, and social services to apply implementation science in practice to develop interventions using implementation science theories, models, and frameworks.


"The Center for Implementation has helped us to root our processes in the theories, models and frameworks that underlie Implementation Science. This support has given us the knowledge and skills to integrate academic knowledge with real-world experience. The Center for Implementation has helped us connect research with real life as we move towards reaching our Knowledge Mobilization goals."

Susan Brown, Director of Research Coordination and Research-Practice Integration, Research Institute for Aging

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Your Instructor


Julia Moore and Sobia Khan
Julia Moore and Sobia Khan

Dr. Julia E. Moore, Senior Director

Dr. Julia E. Moore is the Senior Director for the Center for Implementation. Dr. Moore has a PhD from Penn State, where she was trained as an implementation scientist, researching the best ways to implement evidence-based programs, but her research background coupled with applied work led to her become passionate about how we apply implementation science in practice. She has supported over 100 implementation projects around the world and trained over 2000 professionals to use implementation science in a practical and accessible way.

Sobia Khan, Senior Consultant

Sobia Khan is a Senior Consultant with The Center for Implementation. For over 10 years, Sobia has consulted with organizations in Canada and worldwide, supporting capacity building, strategic organizational change, and evaluation based on implementation science and systems thinking. She has worked in a variety of organization types include hospitals, provincial agencies and academic institutions, and has practiced, researched and supported implementation at the organizational, community, provincial, national and international levels. Sobia co-developed and co-delivered courses that were to targeted frontline professionals and intermediary organizations looking for practical implementation guidance. She has also developed organization-specific capacity related to implementation science and systems thinking, and has supported organizations to adopt implementation science as a strategic aim.


Overview of Course Curriculum

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Week 1: Fundamentals of applying implementation science

    • Revisiting implementation theories, models, and frameworks
    • Process models
    • Understanding the problem

Week 2: Defining the WHAT

    • Roles in the implementation system
    • Defining the change
    • Defining components of sustainability

Week 3: Understanding barriers and facilitators

    • Theories of change
    • Conducting a barriers and facilitators assessment
    • Characteristics of the intervention
    • Individual barriers and facilitators to change
    • Contextual barriers and facilitators

Week 4: Selecting implementation strategies

    • How to select implementation strategies
    • Evidence for implementation strategies
    • How to operationalize implementation strategies

Week 5: Evaluating implementation efforts

    • Types of evaluation
    • Evaluation frameworks
    • Building a logic model

Week 6: Planning for implementation, spread, and scale

    • Selecting an implementation process model
    • Implementation considerations


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course enrollment starts on October 28, 2019 and closes on December 9, 2019. Once enrolled you will have until March 15, 2020 to complete the content and receive a certificate.
Do I receive a certificate?
Participants who complete all online modules and the 6 assignments by March 15, 2020 will receive a certificate.
How long will I have access to course materials?
Participants will continue to have access to all online content until Oct 1, 2020 and always have copies of the workbooks (which includes all of the theories, models, and frameworks; suggested  readings and additional readings; and the activities). Therefore, the only element participants will lose access to on Oct 1, 2020 is the online videos.
What are all of the course timelines?
October 28 to December 9, 2019 - Registration & enrollment (gain immediate access to content) March 15, 2020 - Assignments due to receive a certificate October 1, 2020 - Lose access to online videos (but maintain access to workbook, readings, and assignments.
When will the course be available again?
Designing for Implementation will be available every October. Therefore, the next time it will be offered again is October 2020.
Is the course completely online and asynchronous?
Yes, the entire course is online and asynchronous - so it can be completed on your time at your convenience and pace. There are no live webinars, but there are many opportunities to ask questions to course developers and other students.
What is the time commitment?
In terms of time commitment, we anticipate it is about 3 hours a week. Each week there is approximately 1 hour of videos (split into 3-7 videos), 1 hour of online activities, and 1 hour for the assignment. The assignments are about directly relating the content back to your own work; therefore how much time can be quite variable depending on how much background work you choose to do.
Are there student and LMIC discounts?
Yes, full-time students and people living in low and middle income countries receive a 30% discount.

"The online course offered through the Center for Implementation is a great resource and primer for anyone wanting to learn more about implementation science. The pace, material and ease of use, made this a highly applicable tool for my current and future work. I would highly recommend this course for anyone wanting to expand their knowledge of knowledge translation or implementation."

Tricia Swartz, Senior Program Manager, Canadian Patient Safety Institute

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Course Curriculum