Our Mission: Improving State Implementation of EPB's for Children
The overall mission of the IDEAS Center is to improve state implementation of evidence-based practices (EBPs) through rigorous testing of tools and strategies targeting family and agency contexts, guided by our adaptation of the PRISM model; click here for a description of this model. Center research studies will utilize experimental methods and mixed qualitative and quantitative approaches to examine organizational, contextual, and family support approaches to improving client and system outcomes. The Center will fulfill its mission through four aims:
Aim 1. To advance implementation research across multiple levels (State systems, agencies, providers, consumers) to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of State roll-outs of EBP quality improvements for children and families;
Aim 2. To apply theory-driven and mixed methods to advance understanding of implementation processes and outcomesacross multiple levels;
Aim 3. To disseminate timely and pragmatic findings to States to optimize roll-outs of EBPs for children and families through a National Policy Research Advisory Board including a network of scientists and State policy-makers, and an Accelerated Policy Analysis Unit; and
Aim 4. To advance the development of new and early stage investigators interested in State policy implementation research by providing opportunities to engage in policy-relevant implementation research of high importance for States via Center-partnered activities.