We are wrapping up a thrilling and exciting week in the world of implementation science...!
At the Wandersman Center, we were fortunate enough to attend both the Society for Implementation Research Collaborative conference in Seattle #SIRC2019 and Global Implementation Conference #gic2019glasgow.
We are left with our heads spinning from the invaluable content shared by our colleagues. What an honor to be part of the #impsci community!
At #SIRC2019 we heard a lot about fidelity. From pay-for-performance being fidelity-based (vs outcome based) to factors that impact fidelity to the appropriateness of fidelity across contexts... we heard a lot of advancements in measuring and understanding fidelity. At #GIC2019glasgow, we focused on adaptations. We loved the analogy (offered by Dr Jo Rycroft-Malone) that the core components are like “dimmer switches” rather than on-off buttons, illustrating that fidelity is not a dichotomous thing and adaptations are necessary.
Putting together the two conversations left us thinking... Are fidelity and adaptation two different sides of the same coin? or Are they two distinct processes that require separate study? How can we - in research and practice - integrate fidelity and adaptation so that we can implement with fidelity while adapting to local needs? Sound off in comments below!