Health Implementation Science Center

Closing gaps in health care delivery by supporting the adoption of proven interventions and strategies.

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 subject matter experts and researchers in medicine, epidemiology, evaluation, informatics, and biostatistics conducts research that encourages the adoption and uptake of proven interventions. The Center supports researchers, clinicians, and policymakers interested in evidence-based strategies to enhance health care delivery and improve quality, efficiency, and patient outcomes.


The Health Implementation Science Center conducts relevant, timely research to identify and encourage the adoption of proven programs, strategies, and treatments in US health care across the following domains:

  • Implementation Science
    • Health Delivery System Research
    • Patient Safety
    • Quality Improvement
    • Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs)

  • Digital Health & Health Informatics
    • Health Information Exchange (HIE)
    • Interoperability
    • Clinical Decision Support (CDS)
    • Data Infrastructure
    • Patient-Generated Health Data (PGHD)
    • Social Determinants of Health Data (SDOH)
    • Telehealth

  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR)
    • Patient Engagement
    • Health Systems Dissemination and Implementation Research
    • Clinician Engagement
    • Real-World Evidence Generation

Services and Research Offerings

The Center draws on the full diversity of NORC’s subject matter and methodological expertise to conduct a diverse array of 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

Clients and Partners

NORC’s Health Implementation Science team has worked with the country’s foremost and most forward-thinking agencies and organizations that are driving innovation in health care delivery, including:

  • Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ)
  • Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)
  • Office of the National Coordinator (ONC)
  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
  • Maryland Statewide Prevention and Reduction Collaborative (SPARC)
  • New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC)
  • Academic Institutions
  • Foundations
  • Healthcare Delivery Systems