Importance and Relevance: Many attempts have been made to facilitate team-based, collaborative service delivery models to address the access needs of vulnerable populations. These approaches are often designed and implemented by health service authorities for application in communities. Increasingly, it is recognized that community must be engaged in designing sustainable solutions to overcome barriers to access. The IMPACT research intentionally designed strategies to ensure interventions across six sites were tailored to local context while ensuring consistency in overall implementation approach across sites. The lessons learned from this research will inform future scale and spread of sustainable interventions through linking research, policy and practice innovation.
Objectives: Through this panel we aim to:
Familiarize participants with the approaches and tools that supported cross-case coherence and integration of intervention design, implementation and evaluation
Share concrete examples of tools and approaches for continuous improvement interventions throughout implementation
Share tips for developing partnerships among researchers, decision-makers and patients to facilitate community-based design and implementation of interventions
Stimulate discussion regarding balancing the need for contextual relevant interventions with the desire to achieve common outcomes across contexts
Approach: Following a brief overview of the approaches and tools used throughout the IMPACT program of research, each panelist describes the innovation implemented in their region and the strategies for designing interventions with communities so that they are responsive to context while measuring common outcomes and adhering to the overarching research design. The presentation wraps up with a summary of the elements the panel proposes are essential to effective, acceptable, and potentially scalable interventions. The presentation is followed by a facilitated discussion with the audience members; seeking the input about the panelists’ experiences.
Invited Experts: The three panelists have worked together over the past six years under an international program to address gaps in access to PHC funded $5 million under the CIHR SPOR initiative, and each have successfully implemented an innovative approach that responded to the needs of a population in a Including someone from policy