Advances in Bridging Research and Practice: Introduction to the Second Special Issue on the Interactive System Framework for Dissemination and Implementation


The need for new ways to bridge the gap between research and practice is clear; the use of evidence-based prevention programs
and implementation with fidelity in practice are strikingly limited. The Interactive Systems Framework for Dissemination and
Implementation (ISF) was created to help bridge research and practice by specifying the systems and processes required to
support dissemination and implementation of evidence-based programs, processes, practices, and policies. The ISF identifies
three key systems necessary for this process which include the Synthesis and Translation System, the Support System, and the
Delivery System. The ISF was featured in a special issue of the American Journal of Community Psychology in 2008. This special
issue extends that work by including both researchers who have applied an ISF lens to aspects of their current work and researchers
who have proactively applied the ISF in a process that goes across the various systems of the ISF, i.e., Synthesis and Translation,
Support, and Delivery. Content areas include: children’s mental health, teen pregnancy prevention, HIV prevention, violence
prevention, heart disease and stroke prevention, breast cancer prevention, and substance abuse prevention. In this introductory
article, we provide a brief description of the history of the ISF and a summary of the articles in the special issue.

  • Content Type Journal Article
  • Category Original Paper
  • Pages 1-11
  • DOI 10.1007/s10464-012-9545-3
  • Authors
    • Paul Flaspohler, Department of Psychology and Center for School Based Mental Health Programs, Miami University, Oxford, OH, USA
    • Catherine A. Lesesne, ICF International, Atlanta, GA, USA
    • Richard W. Puddy, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA
    • Emilie Smith, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA
    • Abraham Wandersman, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA
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