TIDIRH Australia

TIDIRH Australia | Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health Australia Training course in implementation science

Applications for the 2020 Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health Australia (TIDIRH Australia) will close on Sunday 24th November 2019.

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About TIDIRH Australia

The National Centre of Implementation Science, at the University of Newcastle, in partnership with The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre, is hosting TIDIRH Australia, a training course in implementation science.  Developed in collaboration with the successful U.S based TIDIRH, this training will equip participants with the knowledge and skills required to undertake high quality dissemination and implementation (D&I) research relevant to their field. Participants will also learn to identify gaps that need further exploration thus potentially informing practice and influencing policy.

Health research and clinical guidelines tell us that things can be done to improve a person’s health, quality of life and experience of health services. Yet a gap persists between what should happen and what happens in real life. The science of D&I seeks to address this gap by evaluating ways of integrating interventions into real-world settings to improve health and prevent disease.

TIDIRH Australia is comprised of an online course (six webinar sessions with related assignments) between mid-January and May, and a 2-day in-person training to be held on May 19th and 20th 2020, in Newcastle, Australia, culminating with a TIDIRH Australia Symposium May 21st, 2020 (optional 3rd day – additional fee applies). 

TIDIRH Australia training will be facilitated by leading academics and researchers in theory, methods and evaluation approaches related to D&I. This course will prepare individuals for;

  • creating partnerships and multilevel, transdisciplinary research teams;
  • research design, methods, and analyses appropriate for D&I investigations; and
  • conducting research at different and multiple levels of intervention (e.g., clinical, community, policy).

For a background on the US training institute, see: “The U.S. training institute for dissemination and implementation research in health.” Implementation Science 2013 8:12.

Participant Eligibility Requirements

There are 30 places available on the TIDIRH Australia training course. Training is open to researchers, health professionals and health service management with an interest in D&I across health care, public health, and community settings. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate experience with—or potential for—working effectively in trans-disciplinary teams and who have strong partnerships with—or are embedded within—health care delivery, public health, or community-based networks. We seek a balance of both junior and senior investigators, with the overall goal of bringing new people into the field of D&I research.

In addition, to be eligible, participants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Attainment of, or working towards a doctoral degree OR have a research track record demonstrated by current activity and evidence of research productivity (e.g. grants, publications, PhD student supervision)
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in health science (e.g., medicine, behavioural medicine, nursing, medical anthropology, health economics, public health, health policy).
  • Feasible D&I research concept to work on throughout the course. This should be a project the applicant is seriously interested in conducting and/or submitting for funding.
  • Willing and able to pay; $880 AUD course fee, personal travel expenses (round-trip, ground transportation, accommodation, and evening meals) and attend and actively participate in the entire online and in-person training institute, if accepted.
  • Participants will be expected to return to their home institutions prepared to share what they have learned at the institute to help further the field of D&I research (e.g., giving talks, leading seminars, forming new collaborations, mentoring, submitting D&I grant proposals, etc.).
  • Submit a feasible D&I research concept to work on throughout the course. This should be a project the applicant is seriously interested in conducting and/or submitting for funding.

Attendance at the in-person training will NOT be permitted to those who have not actively participated and completed the required online course work.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit all of the following documents* electronically by AEST 12:00 p.m. Sunday November 24th  2019 to hnelhd-tidirh@health.nsw.gov.au with “TIDIRH Australia Application” in the subject:

  1. A brief (300-word maximum) statement describing your experience in (or plans for) productive, effective transdisciplinary work and how this fits with your goals for conducting D&I research in the future. More details on what to include in your brief statement can be found here.
  2. A current 2-page curriculum vitae (CV)
  3. A 1.5- to 2-page concept paper describing the D&I research project you plan to conduct and will develop during this training. NOTE: Papers longer than 2 pages will not be reviewed to ensure equity in the selection process. References are not required and will not count toward the page limit. More details on what to include in your concept paper can be found here.

*Please be sure to name all your files with your last name followed by an underscore and the type of document (eg: Jones_Statement, Jones_CV, Jones_Concept). All documents must be either MS Word or Adobe PDF files.

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by December 20th 2019.

Q&A

Q: What is Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) Research?

Dissemination Research
Dissemination research is the systematic study of processes and factors that lead to widespread use of evidence by the target population. Its focus is to identify the best methods that enhance the uptake and utilization of this evidence (1).

Implementation Research
Implementation research seeks to understand the processes and factors that are associated with successful integration of evidence-based interventions within a particular setting (e.g. a worksite or school). Implementation research assesses whether the core components of the original intervention were faithfully incorporated into the real-world setting (i.e. the degree of fidelity of the disseminated and implemented intervention with the original study) and also is concerned with the adaptation of the implemented intervention to the local context (1).

Q: What do I include in my statement of interest?

A: Implementation science is an inherently transdisciplinary field, requiring the involvement and contribution of multiple perspectives, disciplines, and stakeholders, including policy and practice stakeholders. Success in designing and conducting implementation studies requires experience, interest, and a commitment to working in a transdisciplinary manner, spanning multiple academic disciplines, as well as research, policy, and practice boundaries. This should be reflected in your statement of interest, which is a brief (300-word maximum) statement describing your experience in (or plans for) productive, effective transdisciplinary work and how this fits with your goals for conducting D&I research in the future. 

Q: What do I include in my concept paper?

A: Your concept paper should be 1.5 – 2 pages describing a D&I research project you plan to conduct and will develop during this training, outlining specific aims and your general approach. In addition, please describe (a) the evidence-based practice or innovation you wish to implement (or that you wish to study within the context of a natural experiment of implementation or adaptation) or disseminate; (b) the type of implementation strategy or approach you envision (if you plan an interventional study); and (c) the type of evaluation or research plan you envision.

NOTE: Papers longer than 2 pages will not be reviewed to ensure equity in the selection process. References are not required and will not count toward the page limit.

 Q: Are there any costs associated with TIDIRH Australia?

A: There is no fee to apply for TIDIRH Australia. Once accepted, there is a $880 AUD cost to begin TIDIRH Australia. All applicants are also responsible for arranging and paying for their travel expenses (round-trip, ground transportation, accommodation and evening meals).

We are also hosting a TIDIRH Australia Symposium on the Thursday 21st May. This symposium will feature international and national TIDIRH Australia facilitators. Tickets will be $100 AUD for individual purchase or this cost can be included within your TIDIRH Australia course for a total of $950 (save $30).

TIDIRH Australia is a not-for-profit initiative, hosted by the National Centre of Implementation Science, a NHMRC Research Centre administered by the University of Newcastle. TIDIRH Australia is run in partnership with The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre.

 Q: Do I have to be Australian?

A: Applicants are NOT required to be citizens, permanent residents, or non-citizen nationals of Australia.

Q: Can an application be made as a group?

A: Only individual applications are currently being accepted for admission to TIDIRH Australia. Members of a research team are welcome to submit individual applications, but we cannot guarantee the admission of all team members.

Q: What are the course requirements and expectations?

A: The course will include:

  • Online training which will begin mid-January 2020 and run through to May 2020.
  • All online course content is made available at the beginning of the training (January), and review of the materials is self-paced.
  • There will be six assignments (i.e. responses to the training materials) that will be due with fixed deadlines, approximately every two weeks.
  • These deadlines are fixed and repeated late submissions will impact participant standing and, ultimately, the invitation to the in-person training.
  • Assignments will be posted to the training site, and participants will receive written feedback from facilitators and peers.
  • All participants are assigned into small groups that will cover specific areas of research.
  • These groups will schedule 1–2 calls over the course of the training, and best efforts will be made to accommodate all schedules.
  • The two-day in-person meeting will be held in NeWSpace, University of Newcastle campus, Newcastle, NSW, Australia on May 19th and 20th 2020.

For any questions or queries relating to TIDIRH Australia 2020 please email: hnelhd-tidirh@health.nsw.gov.au

References: (1) Rabin, B.A., Brownson, R.C., Haire-Joshu, D., Kreuter, M.W., & Weaver, N.L. (2008). A Glossary for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health. Journal of Public Health Management Practice, 14, 117-123.References: (1) Rabin, B.A., Brownson, R.C., Haire-Joshu, D., Kreuter, M.W., & Weaver, N.L. (2008). A Glossary for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health. Journal of Public Health Management Practice, 14, 117-123.