The Seattle Implementation Research Collaborative (SIRC) is a three conference series dedicated to facilitating communication and collaboration between implementation research teams, researchers, and community providers.
SIRC Core Committee (see SIRC Strategic Planning Group page for details on our core committee)
Kate Comtois, PhD, MPH (Co-Director, PI)
Cara Lewis, PhD (Co-Director, Co-I)
Karin Hendricks, BA (Coordinator)
Sara Landes, PhD (Co-I)
Aaron Lyon, PhD (Co-I)
Sue Kerns, PhD (Co-I)
Shannon Dorsey, PhD (Co-I)
Maria Monroe-DeVita, PhD (Co-I)
Meghan Keough, PhD
Stephen O’Connor, PhD
Adam Carmel, PhD
Rinad Beidas, PhD
Jennifer Villatte, MA
History and Inspiration
Some years ago, Evidence-Based Psychosocial Interventions (EBPIs) were unusual. Most clinicians provided eclectic treatment that had never been evaluated empirically. Over the past 50 years, many treatments have been tested and evidence-based treatments evolved. In the process, rigorous methodologies developed for evaluating the process and outcomes of EBPIs.
Historically, there was little interest in the community to use EBPIs. Over the past two decades, collaboration with clinicians and policymakers has increased support for EBPIs. Now community providers need to learn and use EBPIs. Researchers, universities, and training organizations have begun consulting on and researching how to meet this demand.
It is time for training and implementation strategies to be held to the same empirical standard as the interventions themselves. Otherwise, the implementation of EBPIs can not be sustained.
Fortunately, implementation research teams are taking on this challenge. They have developed creative and cutting edge ideas to successfully train and implement EBPIs, as well as new methodological approaches to evaluate the results. Little has been published and often these teams aren’t aware of each others’ progress. This lack of dialogue is leading to unnecessary repetition of work and the absence of common methods, measures, and standards for implementation research.
The goal of Seattle Implementation Research Collaborative (SIRC) is to facilitate communication and collaboration among implementation research teams, researchers and community providers. Our goal is successful models of EBPI implementation, but efficient but rigorous methodologies to evaluate the process and outcomes of further implementation innovation.
In addition to the conferences, we have created a community of stakeholders interested in implementation research, the SIRC Strategic Planning Group. We are also developing this website to disseminate important publications, presentations, instruments, etc.