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UNC Institute on Implementation Science

Please note the revised dates for this event. We have rescheduled the Institute for December 3-4, 2020 in response to the public health challenges related to coronavirus outbreak. We also hosted a free virtual learning event that took place on Thursday, June 18th to foster connection over the summer. 

UNC Institute on Implementation Science (December 3-4, 2020)

Leading Change: Building Skills and Competencies for Supporting Implementation Practice to Achieve Equitable Outcomes

A unifying element of the institute is the promotion and cultivation of Skills and Competencies for Implementation Support Practitioners, namely: Co-Creation, in the form of co-learning, brokering, addressing power differentials, co-design, and tailored support; Continuous Improvement, in the form of assessing need and context, applying and integrating implementation science approaches, and conducting improvement cycles; and Sustaining Change, in the form of growing and sustaining relationships, building capacity, cultivating leadership, and facilitation.

*Registration for the Institute will be available soon. Please check back for updates.

Implementation Practice During a Time of Crisis

How do we provide implementation support to public systems and communities during a pandemic?

In addition to the skills and competencies noted above, there are also five principles – empathy, curiosity, commitment, methodical, transdisciplinary – which guide the work of an Implementation Support Practitioner. These guiding principles may be more critical in this time of crisis than ever before. We invite you to listen to a conversation with Allison Metz, Leah Bartley, and Amanda Farley as they pause and reflect on how principle-based implementation support can be helpful in making decisions around implementation and striving to be the best partners possible for public agencies such as child welfare systems during this time. Click HERE to access the blog post and audio-recorded conversation. We hope to continue reflecting on this question with our partners and will post additional resources as they become available.

This event is co-hosted by the Jordan Institute for Families | UNC School of Social Work, the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, and National Implementation Research Network (NIRN). Generous support for this event has been provided by The Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Information About Lodging for the UNC Institute

If you require lodging, there will be a room block reserved for the evenings of December 2, 3, and 4 at the Carolina Inn (https://www.carolinainn.com). More details about the room-block group code are forthcoming.

In addition to the Carolina Inn, here are some nearby hotels to consider:

  • The Franklin Hotel Chapel Hill
    • 311 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
    • *This hotel is a 0.6-mile walk away (about 13 min.) from the School of Social Work.
  • Aloft Chapel Hill
    • 1001 South Hamilton Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
    • *This hotel is a 15-minute bus ride away from the School of Social Work via the Chapel Hill Transit V and S lines (free).
  • AC Hotel Chapel Hill Downtown
    • 214 West Rosemary Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
    • *This hotel is a 0.6-mile walk away (about 13 min.) from the School of Social Work.

Information About Parking for the UNC Institute

The most reliable place to park is in the UNC Hospital lot on Manning Drive. The parking fee is $1.50/ hour. The Carolina Inn next door on Pittsboro Street has space-available pay parking for a flat fee of $20/day. There are also numerous “park & ride” locations in Chapel Hill, with bus service to (or near) the School of Social Work.

Visit https://ssw.unc.edu/about/directions for more details.


December 3
December 4


NC United States