Year Published: 2019

Time to Complete: 55 min

Instructor: Sara Folta, PhD; Denise H. Daudelin, RN, MPH

Learning Level: Fundamental

Primary Audience: Researchers

Prerequisite: None

Skills Domain: Scientific Concepts and Research Design

Do you have a grant proposal or protocol for an intervention involving hospitals, schools and local communities?

This short course provides an overview of two common implementation frameworks used in grant proposals, RE-AIM (the Reach, Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation, and Maintenance Framework) and CFIR (the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research), and how the CFIR framework, combined with ERIC (Expert Recommendations for Implementing Change) strategies, can be used in planning for protocol implementation or problem solving. You will learn what these frameworks are, when to use them, and how to best integrate them into a grant proposal or ongoing study.

Learning Objectives

After completing the course, you will be able to:

  • Describe two common frameworks used for assessing implementation and dissemination of interventions in research
  • Justify the choice of framework for use in a research study
  • Apply the frameworks to different types of studies in a grant proposal

Content Outline

Part 1. Applying Implementation Science Frameworks to Grant Proposals

  • Introduction to Implementation Science
  • Why Include frameworks?
  • Choosing a Framework
  • Implementation Science vs Intervention Science
  • Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research - CFIR
  • CFIR - Outer and Inner Domains
  • CFIR - Characteristics of Individuals & Process of Implementation Domains
  • RE-AIM
  • RE-AIM vs CFIR
  • Grant Proposal Example
  • Advantages to Implementation Science

Part 2. Applying Implementation Science Frameworks to Ongoing Studies

  • Overview of Research Quality and Process Improvement
  • Using CFIR In Identifying Research Barriers
  • Introduction to Expert Recommendations for Implementing Change ERIC
  • Relationship of CFIR Domains and Constructs to ERIC Strategies
  • Recap Using CFIR and ERIC
  • Using CFIR and ERIC Implementing Stroke Assessment by Pre-hospital Personnel
  • Resources and Concluding Remarks


  • Lecture Slide Deck (PDF)

Course Evaluation

  • Post-Course Evaluation
  • Course Completion Verification
 This Course is Free