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HSR&D’s Center for Evaluation and Implementation Resources (CEIR) will be launched in FY2018 to provide ongoing support for the QUERI Implementation Research Group, as well as to provide additional resources and support on evaluation and implementation best practices for QUERI stakeholders. Goals of the CEIR are to offer ongoing continuing education and training in evaluation and implementation science techniques – and a forum for sharing best practices and lessons learned in evaluation and implementation science. CEIR will continue to facilitate a monthly cyberseminar on the first Thursday of every month from 12:00pm to 1:00pm EST. Call topics vary across the implementation spectrum and are based on recommendations from CEIR members. [Cyberseminars are available 24/7 on the HSR&D website.] CEIR also will facilitate updating the QUERI Implementation Guide, which provides a comprehensive overview of conducting implementation research.
CEIR is staffed by Nicholas Bowersox, PhD, ABPP; David Goodrich, EdD, MA, MS; Christine Kowalski, MPH; and Anne Sales, RN, PhD. Nick Bowersox, a clinical psychologist by training, will serve as the director of CEIR. Dr. Bowersox has worked in VA Central Office since 2010 and with QUERI since 2016 on evaluations of national patient care administrative databases, assessments of implementation of VA policies following national rollouts, and studies of national programmatic functioning. As an implementation and evaluation specialist at CEIR, Dr. Goodrich brings an interdisciplinary perspective to implementing and disseminating individual- and organizational-level change based on his training as an accountant, counselor, exercise scientist, and health services researcher. Since joining VA in 2006, David has worked on a number of VA research studies, clinical care initiatives, and program evaluations employing his expertise in behavioral medicine, facilitation, and quality improvement coaching. As an implementation specialist within CEIR, Ms. Kowalski brings expertise in epidemiology, health services research, implementation science, qualitative interviewing and analysis, facilitation, and formative evaluation. She has facilitated the Implementation Research Group since its inception. Dr. Sales will serve as a senior advisor at CEIR, offering guidance based on her years of experience in developing and leading the Implementation Research Group, developing and evaluating implementation science models, and conducting VA-based research and evaluation.
For more information about CEIR, please contact Nick Bowersox, PhD, ABPP at Nicholas.Bowersox@va.gov .