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Focus Areas

Systems and Implementation Research & Evaluation

Closing the evidence-to-practice gap

We work with federal and state governments, professional societies, and other not-for-profit clients to curate and synthesize evidence and provide technical assistance along with rigorous evaluation of strategies for the implementation of evidence-based practices, programs, and interventions. 

Our services include:

  • Systematic reviews and guideline development
  • Research portfolio analysis
  • Health technology assessments
  • Guided implementation evaluations
  • Framework development
  • Mixed-methods evaluation, including qualitative comparative analysis and social network analysis
  • Coordinating center and technical assistance

From planning to implementation evaluation, our expert teams use a systems research-driven approach to help ensure our clients’ evidence-based programs succeed.

Through a rigorous and systematic evaluation of available evidence we provide our clients with objective, actionable evidence reviews to facilitate policy and guideline development.

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Bridging the Divide Between Health and Community

Can identifying and addressing individual social needs improve community health and reduce overall costs? We are working with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to evaluate the role of social determinants of health in transforming the quality and cost of healthcare evaluation. Using a mixed-methods approach, we are examining the impact of the Accountable Health Communities Model on beneficiaries’ health, healthcare costs, health services use, and other key outcomes.

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Extending the Reach of Effective Interventions

How can program implementers increase enrollment and retention in a successful program? We worked with CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation, Translation Health Education and Evaluation Branch to extend the reach of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, a lifestyle change program targeted to underserved populations. Our rapid evaluation used a mixed-methods approach to identify challenges and strategies for recruiting, enrolling, and retaining underserved participants in these programs. Our results were translated into a “how-to” practice-based guide to support future program implementation and evaluation.

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Providing Comprehensive Evaluation of Client Services

Information, education, and support services are key components to quality, affordable, coordinated care. We worked with the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society to design and conduct a comprehensive evaluation of their Information Resource Center. The Center offers a resource for blood cancer patients and their caregivers to request social support and information about available financial and clinical resources. The implementation evaluation applied a three-prong approach: baseline survey, patient interviews, and follow-up survey. Our findings offered practical insights to better understand the experience and long-term outcomes of patients and caregivers.

consortium for implementation science

Advancing Dissemination and Implementation Science

RTI and the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health partnered to form the Consortium for Implementation Science (CIS). Together, we promote the use of research findings in healthcare, community, and policy contexts. This joint endeavor supports state and national efforts to increase knowledge about moving evidence-based systems interventions into practice.

Consortium for Implementation Science Brochure