Promising interventions typically require continuous attention to local needs and strengths, to lessons learned, and to changing circumstances. They are deeply dependent on context.
Lisbeth B Schorr, 2003   Determining ‘what works’ in social programmes and social polices

Latest news in brief

From Issue 18 of Implementation, Knowledge and News, our bulletin for members:

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  • Book Review - Andrew Walker, Head of Evaluation and Implementation Science at the Health Innovation Network  and Board member of the UK Implementation Society, reviews the recently published Handbook on Implementation Science: (Eds P Nilsen and S Birken, 2020) 


  • European Implementation Collaborative - With the rescheduled European Implementation Event coming to a screen near you in a very short while, we asked our new Honorary Board observer Alex Ziemann, who sits on the Board of the European Implementation Collaboration, and who is on a mission to help build stronger bridges between UK-IS and EIC, to tell us a about the aims and objectives of EIC and share news and updates about the upcoming European Implementation Event taking place in May 2021.


  • Meet the Board - We asked our Board members to contribute a short profile to introduce themselves and their work in implementation, and their role in the UK Implementation Society.  In this issue meet Emma Ross, Trustee and Programme Manager in Leeds City Council Children and Families Service.  Emma works at the sharp end of social care practice and gives us some insights into the continuing gap that can exist between on-the-ground practice, and the sometimes ivory tower feel of academic implementation science…….


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For more news see the latest Implementation Knowledge and News bulletin available in the Members area (back issues open-access in our archive.)

Activities & Events

The European Implementation Event 2021 (#EIE2021)


Due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, the European Implementation Event, initially planned for October 2020, has been rescheduled to take place fully online on May 27 & 28, 2021.

At the #EIE2021, Implementation – the translation, uptake and integration of research findings within the daily routines of human services – takes centre stage.

The event will take place on May 27 and 28, 2021 - fully online.

Attendees will learn about latest, cutting-edge implementation science and practice; participate in inspiring and surprising discussions with international colleagues; expand their professional network; and be inspired by the diversity of this exciting discipline.

The EIE2021 brings together individuals and organisations engaged in synthesising, translating, adopting and implementing evidence in human service practice and policy.

You may work in health, social welfare, education or other human service sectors; you may be a psychologist, social worker, occupational therapist, nurse, sociologist, economist or have a totally different educational background; researchers as well as practitioners, funders, organisational leaders, intermediaries and other roles are welcome at the event – as are those who are new to the field and those with extensive knowledge and experience.

More information :

Resources to support implementers

We will be producing and commissioning new gateway and research resources in our series of Implementation Resource Digests : suggestions for topics and contributors to author new digests are welcome and should also be sent to Andrew Walker at

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