Novel use of CFIR and NIRN models: sports clubs, mental health and young males
This study aims to evaluate the principal constructs of implementation advocated by popular implementation science models (the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research CFIR and the National Implementation Research Network NIRN) in the novel context of installing a multilevel mental health intervention in community-based organised sports clubs.
Implementation of evidence-based practices in mental health is critical for improving outcomes and there is a need to test implementation strategies that promote adoption of interventions.
Two conceptual models are frequently used to evaluate implementation in the real world: the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) model of implementation and the Consolidated Framework for Advancing Implementation Research (CFIR).
These models have most often been applied in health-care settings and this provides an opportunity to apply to a novel social context - the organised sports club.
History of the project
The implementation models selected have been used successfully by team member Dr Katherine Boydell and Dr Melanie Barwick in health care settings.
A multi-site case study will explore implementation outcomes in six sporting codes in the Illawarra region of NSW, across two phases of implementation (pilot- and full-installation).
A modified Organisational Readiness for Change Assessment will be administered pre-implementation at each site, alongside key informant interviews examining:
- stakeholder experience and expectations
- CFIR constructs associated with implementation effectiveness.
Individual stakeholders include: sports club-based champions, coaches and adolescent male athletes, as well as club engagement officers embedded in the research team.
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