Training

tIdiRh australia 2021

 

 

TIDIRH Australia 2021 is now open for applicants!!

What is it?

TIDIRH Australia is a training course in implementation science run by the National Centre of Implementation Science (NCOIS), 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 and identify gaps that need further exploration thus potentially informing practice and influencing policy.

What does the course involve?

A cohort of approximately 20 participants will be accepted into the TIDIRH Australia 2021 course. Participants will be allocated into small groups, each supported by a pair of expert facilitators.

Participants will work their way through 5 online modules:

  • Introduction to dissemination and implementation
  • Model and theories
  • Implementation strategies
  • Measures, Evaluation and Design
  • Fidelity and adaptation

Each module includes presentation(s), readings and a reflection, to help you strengthen your project concept. Following completion of the modules, a revised project concept is required from each participant prior to the face-to-face workshop.

A 3 day face-to-face workshop will be delivered 9th – 11th November 2021 which will cover:

  • Specialised/extended topic presentations
  • Small group and whole cohort networking
  • Small group project feedback from expert facilitators
  • Tutorial sessions
  • Q&A with D&I experts

Why should I apply?

What are the time commitments?

  • Completion the five online modules at times that suit you between August and November 2021
  • We estimate an allocation of 2hrs per week.
  • Submission of a revised concept note following all modules and before the face to face workshop
    • NOTE: Attendance at the in-person training will NOT be permitted to those who have not submitted the revised concept note as evidence of online course completion.

Please note that you are responsible for your own learning. This means no assignment submissions or deadlines (apart from the revised concept note). Facilitators will respond to the needs of participants as dictated by communication from small group members.

You will be expected to attend the 3 day in-person workshop in Newcastle, NSW on the 9th, 10th and 11th of November 2021.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible, participants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Early mid career researchers (<10 years post-doc), health professionals and/or health service management with an interest in D&I across health care, public health, and community health settings
  • Has attained, or working towards a doctoral degree OR has a research track record demonstrated by current activity and evidence of research productivity (e.g. grants, publications, PhD student supervision)
  • Must have a feasible D&I research concept ready to work on throughout the course. This should be a project you are seriously interested in conducting and/or submitting for funding.
  • Willing and able to pay; $950 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.
  • Researchers based in Australia  or New Zealand (to enable in-person attendance at the face-to-face workshop).
  • Desirable
    • 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.

What does it cost?

A fee of $950 ($864 plus $86 GST) will be payable upon acceptance to the course. This fee includes:

  • Administration and resources for the course
  • Facilitator expenses
  • Face-to-face workshop expenses (i.e. venue hire and catering)

All applicants will be responsible for arranging and paying for their travel and accommodation expenses to attend the face-to-face workshops (round-trip, ground transportation, accommodation and evening meals).

Some financial support for these fees may be available, via a scholarship process, for successful applicants. This will be communicated as soon as possible once details are finalised.

 

How do I apply?

Applicants must submit the following documents* electronically by 9am Monday 28th June 2021 to HNELHD-TIDIRH@health.nsw.gov.au with “TIDIRH Australia Application” in the subject:

  1. A brief (300-word maximum) statement of interest 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 in the Q&A section.
  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 in the Q&A section.

*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 Tuesday 20th July 2021.

 

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.  Please include a self-assessment of your level of experience with D&I science:

  • Experienced (I have experience applying D&I principles),
  • Intermediate (I have a basic understanding of D&I principles and some idea of how I could apply them), or
  • Beginner (I am aware of D&I principles but need to know more before I can understand how to apply them)

 

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: I am an international applicant, can I apply?

A: No, international researchers are not eligible for this round of TIDIRH Australia. This is due to the ongoing, COVID-19 related uncertainty of international travel, and the face to face delivery style of the planned 3 day workshop. The exception to this applies to researchers from New Zealand. Applications from researchers in New Zealand will be accepted for consideration. Please note there would be no refund on the $950 course fee if you find yourself unable to join us at the in-person 3-day workshop in Newcastle, Australia. Additionally, if there are no COVID related border restrictions across Australian states and territories at the time of the workshop, we do not plan to offer any virtual attendance options.

How can I find out more information?

Contact the TIDIRH Australia team at: 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.