Talks and presentations by staff and associates

Deborah Ghate, Chief Executive of The Colebrooke Centre gave a paper in May 2015 at the Global Implementation Conference 2015, in Dublin, Ireland, on systems leadership viewed through an implementation lens entitled Systems Leadership: expanding understanding of leadership drivers in whole systems. She noted that leadership across and within whole systems, as currently theorised, is a distinctive form of leadership appropriate to specific kinds of implementation challenges, but that systems leadership as a construct does not yet feature strongly in implementation frameworks or taxonomies. She also suggested that systems leadership may be a special or distinctive form of ‘driver’ that is particularly relevant in implementation of complex change or improvement initiatives, or those that cross system or sectoral boundaries, and raised the empirical question (for further investigation): if systems leadership is supportive, do innovation and implementation teams gain traction more quickly? View the slides from her presentation here.


Deborah Ghate, Chief Executive of The Colebrooke Centre addressed the joint professions conference for the Government Social Research and Government Economics Service in October 2014 on the Importance of an Implementation Lens. View the slides here .


Jane Lewis, Director of Implementation at The Colebrooke Centre, gave an invited plenary presentation to the annual conference of the Social Research Association on 9th December 2013. The theme of the conference was getting social research into policy and practice. Jane’s presentation set out the case for implementation science and effective implementation practice as crucial to bridging the research-practice divide: research dissemination and diffusion will not, on their own, be sufficient. She highlighted the need to develop research findings into practices or models with clear core components that can be implemented, and the need for better research on implementation using theories and frameworks from implementation science. You can see her presentation here.


Jane Lewis, Director of Implementation Support at The Colebrooke Centre, gave a seminar to the National Redesign Network, hosted by Morning Lane Associates, on Friday 13th September 2013. This is a group of local authorities engaged in various ways in remodelling their children’s social work services. Jane’s talk introduced the group to the key concepts of implementation science and practice, described the implementation strategies and processes that are known to be effective, and led discussion of how the emerging knowledge from implementation science and practice can be applied to the redesign the local authorities are engaged in. See the presentation slides here.


Deborah Ghate, Chief Executive of The Colebrooke Centre, was recently a guest of the Jacobs Foundation at one of their prestigious regular meetings of policy makers, practice leaders, funders and scholars held at Schloss Marbach in Germany. The conference posed the question: ‘when are evidence-based programmes ready for dissemination?’ Read her pre-conference paper here, where she argues that a key criterion for dissemination-readiness, transport of promising programmes and scaling up is not just convincing research evidence of effectiveness (‘does it work?’), but sufficient knowledge about the delivery mechanisms and implementation contexts that optimise effectiveness – in other words, evidence on ‘why will it work?’ and: ‘how will it work’?


Implementing evidence-based practice: a European perspective on culture and context

Deborah Ghate, PhD, Webinar presentation to the Implementation Interest Group, the Learning Center at the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Duke University, North Carolina, January 25th 2012

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Developing and promoting evidence-informed and evidence-based policy and practice: strategies and methods for supporting services at local and national level – some lessons learned

Deborah Ghate, PhD, Presentation to the Familie and Evidens Center, Copenhagen April 26th 2012

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