The UK Implementation Society (UK-IS) is an independent membership organisation and a registered charity connecting those working in implementation science, practice and policy for services for people. 

The 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.

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Latest News 
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Implementation Week 2022

Feedback from Implementation Week 2022

Implementation Week 2022 took place during the second week in July and involved a variety of event focused on implementation science and its practice. Read the feedback and access the resources in our event archive.

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Scaling Implementation Capacity

A presentation from UK-IS Founder and outgoing Chair Dr Deborah Ghate.

In this presentation from 2021, Deborah Ghate talks about implementation capacity and discusses ways in which it can be scaled up.

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August Journal Club Meeting

Take part in our bi-monthly implementation science & practice Journal Club meetings.

Tuesday 30th August 2022, 12:30 - 13:15 with Dr. Tom Jefford discussing: Implementation support practitioners – a proposal for consolidating a diverse evidence base - Open to all.

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Founder's Reflections

Looking back on the early history of the UK Implementation Society 2014 to 2021: how it all began

Outgoing Chair and founder of The UK Implementation Society, Dr Deborah Ghate, reflects on the history of the Society and her time as Chair.

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Implementation Knowledge & News

Issue 22 - April 2022

The latest issue of our bulletin for members is available to read now in the members area.

All previous issues available to read in our Open Resources section.

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Philanthropy Impact Magazine Article

Issue 25 - Summer 2021

Outgoing UK-IS Chair Dr Deborah Ghate and UK-IS Trustee Dr Tom Jefford have co-written a piece about Implementation science and practice, effectiveness and the SDG's.

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.

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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The UK Implementation Society thanks our sponsors and collaborators for their support, past and present

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