Implementation Science 101: what works in theory and practice for clinical interventions

February 03, 2023


Implementation science (IS) is the scientific study of methods and strategies that facilitate the uptake of evidence-based practice and research into regular use by practitioners and decision makers. This one-hour webinar will cover the ins and outs of IS, introducing theory and demonstrating practice with two case studies.

Dr. Lindsay Nettlefold will provide a brief introduction to IS, exploring what it is and why it is important. She will also define key terms and introduce important theories, models and frameworks that can be used to implement, scale-up and evaluate interventions.

Dr. Sarah Munro will present a hybrid effectiveness-implementation trial that involved embedding contraception shared decision-making tools in clinical practice.

Dr. Sonia Singh will present a multiple case study of the implementation and spread of an evidence-based model of care to prevent recurrent fractures in BC.

These examples will demonstrate the importance of understanding the implementation context when translating evidence-based tools into clinical care and illustrate the practical strategies for designing implementation science trials.

Join us February 3, 2023 at 12 p.m.

After this webinar, the audience will be able to:

  • Define implementation science and relevant terms.
  • Describe key theories, models and frameworks used to implement, scale and evaluate clinical interventions.
  • Illustrate the process through examples from two case studies.

The three presentations will run for 45 minutes with the final 15 minutes for questions.



Dr. Lindsay Nettlefold is a senior scientist with the Active Aging Research Team at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. With a background in exercise physiology, Lindsay aims to support individuals of all ages and abilities to improve and maintain their physical and social health through physical activity. Lindsay’s research applies and evaluates principles of implementation and scale-up science to health-promoting interventions across settings (e.g. schools, communities) to maximize outcomes and positively impact population-level health. Lindsay is currently supporting implementation, scale-up and evaluation of Choose to Move, a choice-based physical activity program for older adults being scaled-up across British Columbia, Canada.

Dr. Sarah Munro is an assistant professor with the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of British Columbia, the knowledge translation program head with the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences and co-director of the Contraception and Abortion Research team. Using qualitative and knowledge translation methods, she investigates the factors that influence implementation of evidence-based innovations in health services and systems. Her focus is on improving equity and access to sexual and reproductive health care for underserved populations. Her program of research is supported by a Michael Smith Health Research BC Scholar award and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Dr. Sonia Singh is a hospitalist physician and osteoporosis consultant based at Peace Arch Hospital (PAH) in White Rock, British Columbia. She worked for 25 years as an emergency room (ER) physician and frequently cared for patients presenting with repeat fractures related to osteoporosis. Her ER experience highlighted for her that patients were not receiving the appropriate fracture prevention interventions after they had sustained their first low trauma fracture (a fracture due to minimal trauma or occurring spontaneously). In 2007, she spearheaded the opening of Fraser Health’s multi-disciplinary Healthy Bones Clinic at PAH. She leads a knowledge translation research team that started the first Fracture Liaison Service (FLS) in BC at PAH in 2015. FLS is a well-researched model of care designed to prevent repeat osteoporosis related fractures. In 2019, her team was awarded an Implementation Science Team grant from Michael Smith Health Research BC to scale up and spread this BC adapted FLS model to other hospitals in BC. Sonia holds a research fellowship from the PAH Foundation and holds academic appointments at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of Osteoporosis Canada, the co-chair of the International Fragility Fracture Network Special Interest Group in Secondary Fracture Prevention and the co-chair of the BC Coalition of Osteoporosis Physicians FLS Special Interest Group. Her awards include a Fraser Health Above and Beyond Award for Evidence Based Practice (2015) and an Osteoporosis Canada’s Community BackBone Award (2022).

Upcoming webinar

Alex Haagaard and Dr. Clare Ardern


April 26, 2024

Breaking barriers: open science tackles wicked problems and reduces research waste

In 2024, KT Connects is focusing on open science — the practice of making scientific inputs, outputs, and processes freely available to all with minimal restrictions. Learn more

Webinar summary

Friday, April 26  

12 – 1 p.m. PST 

“Wicked problems” are challenges that are difficult to solve and identify because of their incomplete, contradictory, and evolving requirements. To tackle wicked problems, collaboration is essential. Open science (sometimes called ‘open scholarship’ or ‘open research’) aims to solve wicked problems by promoting collaboration, transparency, and knowledge and resource sharing. By including people with lived experiences on research teams, open science helps to make research relevant to knowledge users and reduces research waste. In this session, we will explore how open science principles help researchers authentically engage knowledge users in high-quality research to solve wicked problems in health research.

Learning objectives

After this webinar, the audience will be able to:

  1. Identify knowledge users for specific research projects
  2. Describe three ways open science practices reduce research waste
  3. List at least two barriers encountered by patient authors that open science practices can help to overcome.

Speaker bio

Alex Haagaard is a design strategist specialising in digital accessibility, community engagement, disability justice and health equity. Alex has lived with chronic pain since early childhood. This experience informs their interest in designing and advocating for system-level changes to how healthcare services are conceptualized, planned and delivered. Alex is a member of Pain BC’s Putting the Pieces Together conference steering committee, and co-chair of the Chronic Pain Network’s Knowledge Mobilization and Implementation Science Committee. 

Dr. Clare Ardern is a physiotherapist and assistant professor in the department of physical therapy at UBC. Her research team brings researchers, patients, clinicians and health policymakers together to design digital health interventions for musculoskeletal problems. Dr Ardern is the editor-in-chief for the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT) and JOSPT Open. She hosts the popular weekly JOSPT Insights podcast, which reaches over 16,000 regular listeners.