Program Components

The major components of the UW-ISTP K12 Program include provision of: 1) a stable environment in which scholars learn how to conduct research; 2) a structured mentoring program to ensure individual mentoring needs are met; and 3) an intentional process that ensures early scholar success.

An innovative feature of this K12 program is its dual focus in training K12 scholars in both the implementation methods for addressing underuse and the de-implementation methods for addressing overuse or misuse.

UW-ISTP will equip scholars with the knowledge, skills, and experience they need to carry out the eight key steps involved in T4 late-stage translation. Those steps, adapted from the knowledge-to-action, or KTA cycle, are: 1) identify a problem; 2) select a proven intervention; 3) adapt the intervention to the local context; 4) assess the barriers to intervention use in the local context; 5) select, tailor, and deploy strategies to implement the intervention; 6) monitor implementation progress and intervention use; 7) evaluate implementation, service delivery, and clinical outcomes; and 8) sustain intervention use.

K12 Scholars will:

  • Work directly on research or rigorous quality improvement projects to develop research skills and gain familiarity with scientific and clinical disciplines
  • Supplement projects with didactic training, course work, seminars, and lecture series
    • Attend didactic sessions concentrating on theory-based models of IS in real-world application of implementation focused research, including stakeholder engagement, conceptualization, design, execution, and evaluation
    • Attend courses developed specifically for UW-ISTP in care quality, provider and patient engagement, and dissemination of evidence and innovation in care.
  • Benefit from individualized mentoring committees that promote tailored training, track and report scholar’s progress, provide career counseling, and facilitate academic and healthcare industry job placement