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Estimating the Impact of Research Practitioner Partnerships on Evidence-based Program Implementation

NCJ Number
Justice Quarterly Dated: 2020
Date Published
9 pages
Using an implementation science framework, this study examined the impact of researcher involvement and activity on implementation outcomes in a sample of 49 community-based multi-agency initiatives to improve public safety.

Evidence-based program implementation in criminal justice and community settings is complex and rarely encounters an ideal set of conditions. Implementation failure may be more common than success, and the field has only started to seriously consider how to improve dissemination and implementation. Researcher-practitioner partnerships are a potential mechanism for achieving implementation success. The current study's findings suggest that projects focused more heavily on data and analysis from the outset achieved better implementation outcomes across multiple domains, including fidelity, penetration and dosage, complexity, execution, and sustainability. Similar improvements in outcomes were not associated with more robust data collection, access, or analytic capacity. 55 references (publisher abstract modified)

Date Published: January 1, 2020