2020 marks the 9th time the Dissemination & Implementation (D&I) Launchpad has hosted a Short Course event. While this year posed a few new challenges with COVID-19, we took the opportunity to reach more people across the globe by hosting the annual Short Course virtually for the first time.
Of the many benefits of a virtual Short Course, the ability to reach so many people of varying backgrounds with knowledge of dissemination and implementation science was nothing short of incredible. Typically, the annual D&I Short Course hosts about 140 registrants, mostly from UW-Madison. This year with the virtual platform, the 2020 D&I Short Course hosted 426 registrants from 33 states, 24 countries, and six continents!
The theme for this year’s Short Course was, Integrating Implementation Strategies & Context, featuring keynote speakers Laura Damschroder and Byron Powell. The course was held over three days via Zoom. The sessions included webinars, case study panels, and breakout groups involving interactive collaboration on over 60 participant abstracts. It was great to witness the D&I knowledge being shared across states, countries, and continents. Jane Mahoney, Director of the ICTR D&I Launchpad, observes,
The D&I short course was absolutely outstanding! Byron Powell and Laura Damschroder, our guest faculty, provided very practical information to help attendees understand how to integrate context with implementation strategies to maximize impact of new innovations to improve health.
On behalf of the D&I Launchpad we want to thank our keynote speakers, panelists, breakout leaders, volunteers, and participants for a successful 2020 D&I Short Course. We are looking forward to 2021!
Testimonials from Course Participants
This training experience felt like I went to see a great movie! What made it so exceptional was not only did I see a great movie over the 3 days, but I had the opportunity to meet the famous actors in the movie! Wow! Thank you so much for this opportunity!
The event was well-run, filled with knowledgeable experts who were friendly, engaging, and easy to listen to (even in a virtual setting, which can sometimes be a barrier). The slides were useful and supported the sessions well. The completely virtual setting was very useful; I would have had difficulty attending otherwise.