The core aspects of systems thinking are gaining a bigger picture (going up a level of abstraction) and appreciating other people’s perspectives on an issue or situation
Jake Chapman, 2013   System Failure

ACTIVITIES ARCHIVE – past events hosted by the UK Implementation Network 2018 to 2014

  • Day symposium: Implementation Journeys from the North - Blending improvement methodologies to improve services for families ​

Chair: Tracey Bywater, Professor of Family Wellbeing, University of York

University of York, Wednesday May 2nd 2018

An exciting opportunity to learn about cutting edge work in Scotland and Northern England bringing implementation science and practice to the heart of real-world policy and practice development initiatives. This symposium has been designed for decision makers, change agents and all UK Implementation Society members who are interested in exploring the tensions and opportunities that exist when blending improvement approaches.

In the morning the focus will be on work undertaken in Scotland led byDr Melissa Van Dyke, International Expert Adviser in Implementation (CELCIS, University of Strathclyde) and Fiona Mitchell, Strategy and Alignment Lead (CELCIS, University of Strathclyde).

The afternoon will focus on ongoing work in the city of Bradford with speakers involved in the Better Start Bradford Initiative, to include Gill Thornton, Head of Programme and Dr Josie Dickerson, Programme Manager for the Better Start Bradford Innovation Hub.

Free lunchtime seminar places for UK-IS Members at St George's University of London, London,SW17

25 January 2018; 1-2pm: knowledge mobilisation for implementation. Dr Anita Kothari.

15 February 2018, 1-2pm: uses of technology in implementation . Dr Adam Hoare.

Download the PDF to view the event flier.

Exploring ‘Resistance to change’ –  individuals, organisations and systems 2017  Workshop at the Institute for Government London 2017

A multi-disciplinary workshop with a stellar line up, and five free places for UK-IN members, at the Institute for Government, London SW1 on October 27th 2017.  The day will be exploring the ‘essentially contested concept’ of resistance to change from a variety of perspectives, multi-disciplinary workshop with a stellar line up, and five free places for UK-IN members, at the Institute for Government, London SW1 on October 27th 2017.  

The day will be exploring the ‘essentially contested concept’ of resistance to change from a variety of perspectives, including: epistemology (Professor Quassim Cassam, University of Warwick) health (Professor Trish Greenhalgh, University  of Oxford), social care (Professor Geraldine Macdonald, University of Bristol;  complex systems (Professor Chris Mowles, University of Hertfordshire); Whitehall (Dr Daniel Thornton, Institute for Government), business and change strategy (Neal Pearse, Aberkyn), and implementation Science (Dr Deborah Ghate, Colebrooke Centre for Evidence and Implementation ). 

Professor Quassim Cassam, University of Warwick: Exploring Resistance to Change October 27th 2017 (photo: Fleur Jongpier)

Co-creation has been described as a process “deeply involving stakeholders in identifying all dimensions of the problem and designing and implementing solutions” (Pfitzer, Bocksette & Stamp, 2013). In the UK, related terms are co-construction, co-production, and in health, experienced-based co-design.  

It is more than just consulting with service users, or sharing findings with groups of practitioners as part of dissemination activities at the end of a project. It is about finding ways for researchers, practitioners and service users to work together to improve the effectiveness of services, and the growing evidence is promising.  In her talk, Allison will discuss emerging thinking and new work in implementation science and practice on co-creation. What is the rationale for this approach, what methods are being used, and how can it lead to better implementation and better outcomes from services?

NIRN has become one of the most influential groups in the USA & across the world for the development of implementation theory and research and their application to services to people. 

Allison Metz, Ph.D., is a developmental psychologist and Co-Director of the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) and Senior Scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Allison specializes in the implementation, mainstreaming, and scaling of evidence to achieve social impact for children and families in a range of human service and education areas, with an emphasis on child welfare and early childhood service contexts.

Suitable for all members working in research, policy and service delivery or design.  There are strictly limited places for this event.


Free to members: Book before Friday May 8th for priority places.  

Non-members: £20.  


Join UK-IS for free places at this and other events, and access to UK-IS knowledge resources at . Bookings strictly by advance payment and non-refundable.  Contact for bookings.

UK-IN’s first learning event:  a workshop on Active Implementation Frameworks; workshop leader Melissa Van Dyke, Co-Direction, NIRN, University of North Carolina.

Unmissable opportunities for professionals at all levels to attend interactive learning events on implementation policy, practice and science:
Between October 20th-25th, 2014 the Co-Director of the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) at the University of North Carolina, Melissa Van Dyke, will visit the UK, hosted by UK-IS, in partnership with the Colebrooke Centre, CELSIS at the University of Strathclyde, and the Centre For Evidence-Based Intervention at the University of Oxford.


Melissa will be leading two workshops in London and an event in Scotland (details to follow).

  • Thursday, October 23rd 2014, London: by invitation. One day interactive workshop for senior leaders and professionals in policy, commissioning, or service leadership, on using Active Implementation Frameworks for service improvement. An opportunity to learn about the latest global thinking in solving implementation problems, and to table your specific local issues for discussion at this small, intimate workshop with one of the world’s leading experts on the application of implementation frameworks to real-world service provision issues. More information will be available in August. Some pre-workshop preparation will be required.

  • Friday, October 24th, 2014, London: Active Implementation Frameworks - an introduction. The NIRN Active Implementation Framework has been a game-changer in developing the practical application of implementation science around the world. Melissa will deliver her internationally-acclaimed interactive workshop at a day-long event in central London, aimed at those who are new to or wanting to learn more about how to apply implementation principles in practice and in research. “This preconference workshop alone was worth the cost of travelling to Washington DC for the Global Implementation Conference 2013!” (Workshop participant at the GIC 2013)

UK-IN’s official launch 2014: UK-IN official launch reception at the Royal Society of Arts, October 23rd 2014. Members of the steering group, guests and speakers.

The UK Implementation Network was the forerunner to the Society: From left to right: Jane Lewis, Jonathan Sharples, Tom Jefford, Deborah Ghate (Chair), Matt Buttery, Melissa Van Dyke (guest speaker, Co-Director, the National Implementation Research Network, USA), Brigitte Squire, Annette Boaz, Meg Wiggins, Sharon Witherspoon (guest speaker, Director, The Nuffield Foundation)

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