Interactive Systems Framework
Closing the Gap Between Science and Practice
Division of Violence Prevention
CDC's Injury Center is committed to saving lives, protecting people, and lowering the health and societal costs of violence and injuries. However, there is a well-known gap between science and practice. To address this gap in the areas of child maltreatment and youth violence, the Injury Center's Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) embarked on a dissemination and implementation planning project. The project aimed to identify better ways to connect research and practice through literature reviews and discussions with experts on violence prevention and research utilization. The result was the publication of a series of articles articulating the Interactive Systems Framework for Dissemination and Implementation (ISF) in a special issue of the American Journal of Community Psychology, Volume 41, 2008. Below are three CDC-authored articles considered to be foundational to the ISF from the 2008 special issue Archived Articles.
- Saul J, Wandersman A, Flasphler P, Duffy J, Lubell K, Noonan R. Research and action for bridging science and practice prevention. [PDF 49KB] American Journal of Community Psychology 2008, 41(3–4),167–170.
- Wandersman A, Duffy J, Flaspohler P, Noonan R, Lubell K, et al. Bridging the gap between prevention research and practice: the interactive systems framework for dissemination and implementation. [PDF 84KB] American Journal of Community Psychology 2008, 41(3–4), 171-181. [PDF 84KB]
- Saul J, Duffy J, Noonan R, Lubell K, Wandersman A, et al. Bridging science and practice in violence prevention: addressing ten key challenges. [PDF 135KB] American Journal of Community Psychology 2008, 41(3-4), 197–205.
To further close the gap between prevention research and practice, the Injury Center’s Division of Violence Prevention and others across the CDC expanded on the application of the ISF by specifying the systems and processes required to support the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based programs, processes, practices, and policies. A second special issue of the American Journal of Community Psychology, Volume 50, 2012 outlines new applications of the ISF. Below are six CDC-authored articles on the ISF from the 2012 second special issue.
- Flaspohler P, Lesesne CA, Puddy RW, Smith E, Wandersman A. Advances in bridging research and practice: introduction to the second special issue on the interactive system framework for dissemination and implementation [PDF 237KB]. American Journal of Community Psychology 2012, 50(3-4), 271-281.
- Thigpen, S., Puddy, R., Singer, H. H., & Hall, D. M. (2012). Moving Knowledge Into Action: Developing the Rapid Synthesis and Translation Process within the Interactive Systems Framework [PDF 491KB]. American Journal of Community Psychology, 2012, 50(3-4), 285-294.
- Collins CB Jr, Edwards AE, Jones PL, Kay L, Cox PJ, Puddy RW. A comparison of the Interactive Systems Framework (ISF) for Dissemination and Implementation and the CDC Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention's Research-to-Practice model for behavioral interventions [PDF 221KB]. American Journal of Community Psychology 2012, 50(3-4), 518-529.
- Lane, R., Berkowitz, J., Sullivan, S., Rose, J., Bernichon, T., Favoretto, A., . . . Jones, M. (2012). Applying the Interactive Systems Framework to the Dissemination and Adoption of National and State Recommendations for Hypertension [PDF 102KB]. American Journal of Community Psychology, 2012, 50(3-4), 541-552.
- Lewis, K., Lesesne, C., Zahniser, S., Wilson, M., Desiderio, G., Wandersman, A., & Green, D. (2012). Developing a Prevention Synthesis and Translation System to Promote Science‐Based Approaches to Teen Pregnancy, HIV and STI Prevention [PDF 442KB]. American Journal of Community Psychology, 2012, 50(3-4), 553-571
- Noonan RK, Wilson KM, Mercer SL. Navigating the road ahead: Public health challenges and the interactive systems framework for dissemination and implementation [PDF 430KB]. American Journal of Community Psychology 2012, 50(3-4), 572-580.