GIRA Special Issue


2022 Special Issue 

Global Implementation Research and Applications 

Submission deadline extended to October 15, 2021 

The Child and Family Evidence-Based Practice Consortium invites submission of abstracts proposing manuscripts for a special issue of Global Implementation Research and Applications (GIRA), the journal of the Global Implementation Society. This special issue examines the following question:   

Amidst complex social change, how is implementation science shaping innovations and adaptations in child and family serving systems and services?  

Submit manuscript proposals (no more than 500 words) by October 15, 2021.  

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Anticipated publication of selected manuscripts is September or December 2022 


Entering the third decade of the 21st century, climate, economic and health crises shape the clash of populist-fueled autocratic movements and movements for democracy, equity, and social justice. As the pace of change intensifies, previously developed systems and services addressing social concerns must adapt policy and practice. Evidence-based practice and implementation science should provide informed guidance and support, but adapting to the amount and pace of change may compromise our best intentions.   

Across disciplines, sectors, settings, and global regions, this special issue offers an opportunity to explore whether and how implementation science is informing policy and practice innovation and adaptation in child and family serving systems. We invite proposals for manuscripts that present conceptual or research-informed perspectives, papers and commentaries.  

Potential topics could include but are not limited to:   

Equity Efforts Amidst Social Change or Conflict  

  • Adaptations that did or did not systematically consider implementation team composition and collaboration.  
  • As grass-roots equity efforts emerge and adapt, how could these efforts benefit from systematic plan-do-study-act (PDSA) feedback loops?  
  • Comparisons of efforts to implement policy change to address equity.  
  • Implementation of evidence-based police reforms or juvenile justice reforms   

Health Efforts Amidst Social Change or Conflict   

  •  Evidence-informed communication addressing virus variants and vaccinations  
  • Implementation comparisons of national responses to public health concerns, especially with respect to the “vaccine-cautious”.  
  • Global efforts to equitably implement COVID vaccination distribution  
  • Private sector pandemic response: Scale, scope, logistics and coordination   

System Change Amidst Rapid Adjustments  

  • Behavioral health system adaptations to pandemic safety guidelines  
  • Child welfare system adaptations to pandemic safety guidelines  
  • Education system adaptations to pandemic safety guidelines  
  • Juvenile justice system adaptations to pandemic safety guidelines  
  • Comparison of province, national or state responses in these adaptations  
  • Adaptations in professional degree academic and field instruction  

Impact on Implementation of Evidence-Based Programs and Services  

  • Adaptations to service delivery (e.g., telehealth)  
  • Electronic adaptations to consultation, training and coaching   
  • Stakeholder adaptations to data sharing in plan-do-study-act (PDSA) feedback loops   

Implementation of Family First Prevention Services Act (USA)  

  • How has implementation science informed national policy and guidance?  
  • Policy implementation comparisons of different states  
  • Comparisons of the selection and installation of funded programs   
  • How do online registries support program implementation?