About IMPACT

The Swiss Implementation Science Network (IMPACT) was founded in October 2019 with the goals to:

  1. Showcase implementation science projects in health care and health care related sciences conducted by Swiss researchers and institutions especially;
  2. Provide networking opportunities for implementation science researchers and other interested stakeholders in Switzerland;
  3. Provide training opportunities for implementation science; and
  4. Leverage funding options for implementation science in Switzerland.

See also:

De Geest S, Zúñiga F, Brunkert T, Deschodt M, Zullig LL, Wyss K, Utzinger J. Powering Swiss health care for the future: implementation science to bridge “the valley of death. Swiss Medical Weekly 2020;150:w20323. doi:10.4414/smw.2020.20323

Dhaini S, Mielke J, Brunkert T, Wyss K, Utzinger J, De Geest S. Swiss Implementation Science Network (IMPACT)- A crucial building block to strengthen the Swiss research pipeline for real-world translation. International Journal of Public health. doi: 10.3389/ijph.2021.1604081

Founding members (in alphabetical order):

Dr. Thekla Brunkert, Nursing Science, Department Public Health, University of Basel & University Department of Geriatric Medicine FELIX PLATTER, Basel
Dr. Mieke Deschodt, formerly Nursing Science, Department Public Health, University of Basel
Prof. Dr. Sabina De Geest, Nursing Science, Department Public Health, University of Basel
Prof. Dr. Jürg Utzinger, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel
Prof. Dr. Kaspar Wyss, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel

Further members (who joined IMPACT in 2020-2021 – in alphabetical order):

Prof. Dr. Reto Auer, Institute of Primary Health Care, University of Bern
Prof. Dr. Lauren Clack, Institute for Implementation Science in Health Care, University of Zurich
Dr. Suzanne Dhaini, Nursing Science, Department Public Health, University of Basel 
Prof. Dr. Janet Hering, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag), ETH Zurich and EPFL
Dr. Cédric Mabire, Institute of Higher Education and Research in Healthcare – IUFRS, University of Lausanne
Juliane Mielke, MSc, RN, Nursing Science, Department Public Health, University of Basel 
Prof. Dr. Marie Schneider, Community Pharmacy, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Geneva

IMPACT is collaborating with the European Implementation Collaborative.

Definition Implementation Science:

Implementation science is the scientific study of methods to promote the integration of research findings and evidence-based interventions into healthcare policy and practice. It seeks to understand the behavior of healthcare professionals and support staff, healthcare organizations, healthcare consumers, and policymakers in context as key variables in the sustainable uptake, adoption, and implementation of evidence-based interventions.”

[NIH Fogarty International Center]