We have a long history of working in implementation science, the study of methods, to promote the uptake of research findings and evidence-based practices into real-world use. The ultimate goal is to improve population and public health

We evaluate the implementation and scale-up of health promoting interventions.2 This process is vital to close the research to implementation, or ‘know-do’ gap in health promotion research.

In the world of physical activity research, the vast majority focuses on descriptive studies and one-off trials that never leave the lab setting or make it to the real world.

Only three percent of physical activity research is about dissemination — few interventions that were tested and demonstrated positive results are delivered in real-world settings at large scale. Even fewer physical activity dissemination studies focused on seniors.

We know that only 14% of research is translated into practice, and to do so it takes an average of 17 years. This is not because we don’t know what to do, but because we don’t know how to do it. Our work strives to speed up this knowledge-to-action cycle and close the ‘know-do’ or 'research-to-practice' gap.

Thousands of health research articles are published every month but few actually impact clinical practice. Implementation science is a key to bridging this gap.

We investigate the implementation of Choose to Move, a health promotion and physical activity intervention for older adults.

We studied the implementation and scale across British Columbia of this whole-of-school model that supported children to increase their physical activity.


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