Dissemination & Implementation Research & Policy Program
The Dissemination and Implementation Research and Policy Program's mission is to foster unique university-community-policy partnerships to promote the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based health programs and services. Drawing on theories of organizational and community context to promote effective and sustainable health policies and practices, we will target our programs and services to UIC research investigators, educational & community organizations and key policy stakeholders to improve the health of the community, with a special focus on effective health services for urban youth.
Our current collaborative partnership with the City of Chicago Department of Family Supportive Services (DFSS) serves as a model for how the Dissemination and Implementation Research and Policy Program team is working to link university faculty and resources to support the program goals and outcomes of community and policy stakeholders. This special project, involving the evaluation of current DFSS services for children and their families, and a pilot project to promote parental engagement and empowerment with their children, is an illustration of our mission and commitment to the principles of university-community-policy partnerships.
Other collaborative partnerships include the Chicago Public Schools and community based organizations such as Leave No Veteran Behind, in addition to UIC investigators seeking consultation on the evaluation, dissemination, implementation, and policy components of their research.