GIRA Special Issue


2022 Special Issue 

Global Implementation Research and Applications 

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 will address the following question:  

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

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 quickens, previously developed systems and services addressing social concerns must adapt policies and practices. In this context, evidence-based practice and implementation science should provide informed guidance and support.  

Through an implementation lens, this 2022 GIRA special issue will explore how the systems, policies, and practices supporting children and their families are adapting to rapid and often intense challenges of social change.  While evidence and implementation science should inform any adaptation, the amount, intensity, and pace of change may overwhelm our best intentions.  Across disciplines, sectors, settings, and global regions, this special issue provides an opportunity to critically explore whether and how implementation science is informing policy and practice innovations and adaptations in child and family serving systems amidst such rapid and varied change. 

For this special issue, we invite abstract proposals for manuscripts that would present case studies, commentaries, policy or research notes (see Bertram, et al., 2021, Implementation lessons for research and practice. Global Implementation Research and Practice, 1(2), 65-69.), as well as conceptual or research-informed perspectives and papers addressing implementation efforts in this context.   

Implementation of Rapid Policy or Practice Change  

Potential Topics Include but Are Not Limited to: 

Equity Efforts Amidst Social Change or Conflict 

  • Adaptations made in specific campaigns that did or did not systematically consider composition and collaboration of team efforts. 
  • Assessing fit: Who is at the decision-making table? 
  • As grass-roots equity efforts and agendas change, 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 amidst virus variants spread and vaccinations 
  • Implementation comparisons of national responses to public health concerns and vaccinations, especially with respect to the “vaccine-cautious”. 
  • Global efforts to equitably implement COVID vaccination distribution 
  • Implementation-informed examination of public health policy or practice 
  • Implementation-informed examination of vaccination rollouts  
  • Implementation of private sector pandemic response: Scale, scope, logistics and coordination  

System Change Amidst Rapid Adjustments  

  • Implementation-informed examination of behavioral health system adaptations to pandemic safety guidelines 
  • Implementation-informed examination of child welfare system adaptations to pandemic safety guidelines 
  • Implementation-informed examination of education system adaptations to pandemic safety guidelines 
  • Implementation-informed examination of 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 programs 

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 USA’s Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) 

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

Call for Abstracts 

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


Rosalyn Bertram, PhD, GIRA Editor-in-Chief, University of Missouri-Kansas City  

Tripp Ake, PhD, Duke University 

Jessie Watrous, MPA, University of Maryland  

  • Submit manuscript proposal abstracts (no more than 500 words) by 08/31/21. 

Submit to: 

  • By September 30, 2021 editors will select and invite manuscript submissions  
  • This important special issue will be published by December 2022.