New Book Helps Bridge the Research-to-Practice Gap in Early Childhood

Date Published: 04/18/2013

A new book edited by FPG Scientist and NIRN Associate Director Dr. Allison Metz along with colleagues Dr. Tamara Halle of Child Trends and Dr. Ivelisse Martinez-Beck of the Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation (OPRE) within the Administration for Children & Families offers guidance on how implementation science can help bridge the research-to-practice gap in early childhood. Applying Implementation Science in Early Childhood Programs and Systems will be released by Brookes Publishing on April 22. A special pre-release book signing event with the editors is scheduled for today, April 18, at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting in Seattle, WA.

Improving outcomes for young children and their families may start with choosing evidence-based curricula, interventions, and practices—but it doesn't end there. To ensure sustained changes to early childhood programs and systems, interventions must be implemented effectively and consistently over time, which isn't an easy or straightforward task. This important book is the first research volume on applying implementation science—an evidence-based framework for bridging the research-to-practice gap—to early childhood programs and systems. With contributions from more than 25 early childhood researchers including 6 FPG investigators, this essential reference will help ensure that interventions are not only implemented effectively, but also scaled up and sustained so they help as many children as possible. Early childhood programs will learn how to replicate and sustain best practices; researchers will be ready to conduct more informed program evaluations; and policymakers will discover what it really takes to have effective, sustainable programs and systems.

For a Q&A with Dr. Halle, see Child Trends.

For more information about implementation science, see National Implementation Research Network.