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Translating health research into better practices and outcomes.

The Health Implementation Science Center seeks to systematically close the gap between what we know and what we do in health care delivery. Our cross-disciplinary team of experts and researchers in medicine, epidemiology, evaluation, informatics, and biostatistics conducts relevant, timely research that identifies and encourages the adoption of proven interventions to improve health care quality, efficiency, and patient outcomes.

The Center supports researchers, clinicians, and policymakers interested in evidence-based strategies across the following domains: Implementation Science, Digital Health & Health Informatics, and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR).

The Center draws on NORC’s subject matter and methodological expertise to conduct rigorous research using the following methods and strategies:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Delivery System Recruitment
  • Systematic Reviews and Environmental Scans, Meta-Analysis
  • Data Collection, Extraction, Harmonization
  • Mixed-Methods Evaluation
  • Requirements Analysis, Workflow, Usability Testing
  • Technical Expert and Stakeholder Meeting Facilitation
  • Establishing and Managing Technical Assistance and Resource Centers
  • Knowledge Dissemination

Center Director

Vice President & Senior Fellow

Health Implementation Science Center Experts

Discover Our Research

We help turn health care discoveries and insights into better practices for patients.

PCOR Resource Center for Data Infrastructure

Bolstering federal efforts to expand and improve data capacity for patient-centered outcomes research


Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

PCOR CDS Current State and Future Directions

Identify and disseminate learnings and opportunities to advance patient-centered CDS implementation


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Antibiotic Use

Multiyear effort focused on developing and enhancing antibiotic stewardship programs across care settings


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

AHRQ’s National Nursing Home COVID-19 Coordinating Center

Connecting AHRQ’s nursing home safety initiatives and the nursing home quality improvement community


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

AHRQ Safety Program for MRSA Prevention

Scaling and evaluating an evidence-based approach to MRSA prevention in hospitals and long-term care facilities


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality