Reliable effectiveness: a theory on sustaining and replicating worthwhile innovations.
ABSTRACT While many health and human service innovations are sustained and replicated, it has been a puzzle how to sustain and replicate the performance of the better ones. What knowledge, skills, and conditions are required to reproduce across space and time the effectiveness of those innovations that are the most worthwhile? An extensive body of literature and experience is reviewed to suggest a comprehensive conceptual framework of programmatic, organizational, and environmental factors that may shape the circumstances for sustaining and replicating effectiveness.
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ABSTRACT: As more quality improvement programs are implemented to achieve gains in performance, the need to evaluate their lasting effects has become increasingly evident. However, such long-term follow-up evaluations are scarce in healthcare implementation science, being largely relegated to the "need for further research" section of most project write-ups. This article explores the variety of conceptualizations of implementation sustainability, as well as behavioral and organizational factors that influence the maintenance of gains. It highlights the finer points of design considerations and draws on our own experiences with measuring sustainability, framed within the rich theoretical and empirical contributions of others. In addition, recommendations are made for designing sustainability analyses. This article is one in a Series of articles documenting implementation science frameworks and approaches developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI).Implementation Science 02/2008; 3:21. DOI:10.1186/1748-5908-3-21 · 3.47 Impact Factor