A Concept Mapping Approach to Guide and Understand Dissemination and Implementation

Abstract  
Many efforts to implement evidence-based programs do not reach their full potential or fail due to the variety of challenges
inherent in dissemination and implementation. This article describes the use of concept mapping—a mixed method strategy—to
study implementation of behavioral health innovations and evidence‐based practice (EBP). The application of concept mapping
to implementation research represents a practical and concise way to identify and quantify factors affecting implementation,
develop conceptual models of implementation, target areas to address as part of implementation readiness and active implementation,
and foster communication among stakeholders. Concept mapping is described and a case example is provided to illustrate its
use in an implementation study. Implications for the use of concept mapping methods in both research and applied settings
towards the dissemination and implementation of behavioral health services are discussed.

  • Content Type Journal Article
  • Pages 1-12
  • DOI 10.1007/s11414-012-9291-1
  • Authors
    • Amy E. Green, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive (0812), La Jolla, CA 92093-0812, USA
    • Danielle L. Fettes, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive (0812), La Jolla, CA 92093-0812, USA
    • Gregory A. Aarons, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive (0812), La Jolla, CA 92093-0812, USA
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