The D&I (Dissemination and Implementation) Core aids in the assessment of barriers and facilitators to intervention uptake and helps to tailor implementation approaches to maximize health impact and improve research methods and operations. We leverage our diverse partners and collaborators to test the robustness of innovations in different environments and populations, identifying appropriate adaptations for different contexts.  We provide consultations to individuals and teams using dissemination and implementation science in research studies.

Faculty and trainees at Tufts CTSI partner and collaborator institutions are eligible for these consultation services.


About D&I Science and Practice

Why is it important?

On average, most innovations and evidence-based practices do not make it into use and for those that do, the average time it takes to go into practice is 17 years (1). Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) science offers a way to help bridge the gap between science and practice by looking at how interventions can be used in real-world settings and evaluates how these interventions are put into practice (2).

What is dissemination?

Dissemination is the intentional distribution of information and materials to help with a specific public health or clinical practice with the goal of sharing knowledge of evidence-based practices (3 and 4).

What is implementation?

Implementation is using strategies and methods to help with uptake of evidence-based practices and research to use in specific settings with the aim of changing the use of a practice or intervention (3 and 4).

What is dissemination and implementation research?

Dissemination and implementation research combines the aims of dissemination and implementation to help move research into public health and everyday use by helping to provide strategies on how innovations can be translated into specific settings (3).

Learn more!

Learn more about D&I Science by clicking here.


Who Is Eligible?

Consultations are available to researchers at all career stages from Tufts Medicine, such as recipients of the Small Grants to Advance Translational Science (S-GATS) award, and Tufts CTSI partner and collaborator institutions who are interested in learning more about dissemination and implementation science and practice, including dissemination and implementation science in their research, or developing a D&I research project. This includes researchers who are new to D&I as well as those with advance experience. Priority will be given to Tufts CTSI innovations.


Services and Resources

The D&I Core offers the following services to researchers and research teams.


  • Initial discussion(s) about possible uses of implementation science
  • Developing implementation plans
  • Conducting implementation science research
  • Disseminating research results


Tufts CTSI D&I Interest Group (DIIG)

The Tufts CTSI D&I Interest Group (DIIG) offers an opportunity for researchers and those interested in dissemination and implementation science and practice to learn more and develop a network of others interested in dissemination and implementation. The group meets quarterly and a guest speaker at each meeting covers a topic related to conducting dissemination and implementation science and practice.


(COMING SOON!) Join the Tufts CTSI D&I Interest Group Listserv to be added to our mailing list for information about upcoming meetings and other D&I related news.


D&I Resources

These resources may be helpful to people just getting started in dissemination and implementation science.

Introduction to D&I

Online D&I Trainings

D&I Proposal and Grant Writing Resources

Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) Research (NIH)


For more detailed resources, please see here. (COMING SOON!)


Request a D&I consult by putting in a service request. Select “consultation” and add “D&I consult” in the description box.

Rachel Gold, PhD, MPH, Director, Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) Core

Denise Daudelin, RN, MPH, Lead, Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) Core

Alyssa Cabrera, MPH, Senior Project Manager

Anna Thompson, M.Phil, Research Project Coordinator II



  1. Balas EA, Boren SA. Managing Clinical Knowledge for Health Care Improvement. Yearb Med Inform. 2000(1):65-70.
  2. Holtrop JS, Rabin BA, Glasgow RE. Dissemination and Implementation Science in Primary Care Research and Practice: Contributions and Opportunities. J Am Board Fam Med. 2018;31(3):466-78.
  3. US Dept of Health and Human Services Program announcement number PAR-10-038 [Available from: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-038.html]
  4. Glasgow RE, Vinson C, Chambers D, Khoury MJ, Kaplan RM, Hunter C. National Institutes of Health approaches to dissemination and implementation science: current and future directions. Am J Public Health. 2012;102(7):1274-81.