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Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice

What is Implementation Science?

Implementation Science uses methods to adopt and integrate research findings and evidence-based practices into clinical practice. In other words, implementation science bridges the gap between what we know and what we do in real-world clinical settings.


We are a team of multidisciplinary health services researchers, population health scientists, and research staff who use implementation designs and outcomes to create and adapt implementation research studies. In addition to our sponsored research, our faculty and staff collaborate with investigators across Duke and beyond—bringing what works to life.

What We Do

We design and conduct implementation science research in order to improve the adoption and sustainment of evidence-based interventions, programs, and practices—then scale them locally, state-wide, and nationally. We also partner with other researchers, clinicians, and policymakers on grant proposals who are interested in promoting evidence-based practices.

More specifically INTERACT:

  1. Applies implementation science theories, models, and frameworks to guide intervention implementation and evaluation
  2. Builds and adapts implementation-focused research studies using novel designs and outcomes
  3. Collaborates with investigators on dissemination and implementation science research proposals and manuscripts
  4. Evaluates programs using mixed methods approaches
  5. Develops implementation and sustainment strategies
  6. Plans studies across all evidence levels working toward supporting implementation
  7. Provides project coordination and management


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