Authors from around the globe…. agree that the challenges and complexities of implementation far outweigh the efforts of developing practices and programs themselves
Dean L Fixsen and colleagues, 2005  Implementation Research: A Synthesis of the Literature

UK Implementation Society 

implementation science & practice Journal Club


Broaden your knowledge, make time to focus, and share stimulating discussion on implementation topics with the UK Implementation Society by taking part in our bi-monthly Journal Club meetings. Each meeting will focus on a selected article, report or other publication for a 45-minute hosted discussion. More ...


A refined compilation of implementation strategies: results from the Expert Recommendations for Implementing Change (ERIC) projectPowell BJ, Waltz TJ, Chinman MJ, Damschroder LJ, Smith JL, Matthieu MM, Proctor EK, Kirchner JE.  This research reported in this paper aimed to improve the conceptual clarity, relevance, and comprehensiveness of implementation strategies that can be used in isolation or combination in implementation research and practice.  More ...


When: Tuesday 29th June 2021, 12:30 - 13:15 

Host: Prof. Annette Boaz

Cost: FREE to members, £10 non-members


UK Implementation Week 2021

Focusing on implementation science

and its practice - July 12th - 16th 2021

UK-IS is delighted to announce Implementation Week 2021. We are hosting three events as well as supporting King's College London at their 4th UK Implementation Science Research Conference.

The UK-IS Implementation Debate

What does it mean to be an implementation professional in the UK?

Tuesday 13th July - 16:00-17:30 - online

How can the science and practice of implementation support innovations in real life settings: A Tale of Two Cities

Monday 12th July - 09:30-12:30 - online

Implementation in Real Life

3 case studies of implementation of Multi-systemic Therapy in England

Wednesday 14th July - 10:00-12:00 - online

4th UK Implementation Science Research Conference: Supporting the pandemic response? Implementation science in the time of Covid-19

Thursday 15th & Friday 16th July - online

Welcome to the website of the UK Implementation Society (UK-IS). The Society is an independent membership organisation and a registered charity connecting those working in implementation science, practice and policy for services for people. The UK Implementation Society promotes, increases and sustains knowledge and understanding of the science of implementation in public benefit services.  We aim to advance practice in applying this knowledge on the ground, especially in the particular contexts of UK services and systems.

Help us close the implementation gap

In public service, implementation refers to the process of putting a service, a policy, or a set of practices into application so that it achieves its intended outcomes to provide socially significant benefits to individuals and society. Even the best-designed services and programmes will fail if they are implemented poorly. Across the world, scientists, policy makers, funders and practitioners recognise that there is an implementation gap between what is known about effective services and how they are delivered in practice. 

In social care, education and in health as well as in other areas of services for people, the fields of implementation, improvement and innovation science and practice are rapidly developing, aiming to pool knowledge and know-how in order to bridge this gap more quickly. Implementation science (and improvement science in health circles) is the systematic study and testing of implementation processes and innovations in order to expand the knowledge base about ‘what works’. Implementation practice is how we use that knowledge in the design and delivery of services on the ground.

In the rest of this website you will find more information about the field of implementation science and practice, what we do, and how to join the Society and become a part of the community of practice and learning we are helping to develop.

We welcome those who are new to the field of implementation or who want to find out more, as well as more experienced colleagues.

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