D & I Science and Practice

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Dissemination and Implementation Science and Practice

Identify and evaluate approaches for translating knowledge into policies, programs, practices, and products that achieve broad and sustained uptake and utility.

The EPISCenter, funded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, translates high-quality research to ensure communities and policymakers have access to the most recent and rigorous research around what works in preventing youth substance use and other problem behaviors. These projects are part of the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center. [Primary Contact: Janet Welsh]

Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs’ Behavioral Health Data Dashboards, a collaborative project between the Pennsylvania State Data Center at Penn State Harrisburg and the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, provides county-level data that support data-driven decision-making processes and strategic planning at the state and local levels. Most importantly, provision of these data aims to help prevent as many Pennsylvanians as possible from becoming addicted and to help those who are suffering from the disease of addiction. [PI: Michael Behney]

Impact of the Research-to-Policy Collaboration Model: Testing an Approach to Improve the Use of Evidence, funded by the William T. Grant Foundation, is evaluating a highly-structured and intensive collaboration model for its effectiveness in increasing legislators’ use of research in policy and legislation. [PI: Max Crowley]

As part of the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network and their NICHD P50, Translational Center for Child Maltreatment StudiesMax Crowley leads a support core that translates scientific findings, engages end-users, and packages key messages from Center research into high-impact communication products in order to increase reliance on child maltreatment research for policy and practice. [P50 PI: Jennie Noll]