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Winds of change:
towards new ways of improving public health in Europe

Ljubljana, Slovenia
28 November - 1 December 2018




Waterloo or Mamma Mia? Implementation of innovations in public health policy and practice 


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Organised by the European Commission's Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA) together in collaboration with European Implementation Collaborative (EIC), King's College London and EUPHA Section on Public health policy and practice 


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Waterloo! It takes 17 years on average for health innovations to be implemented in every-day practice

How can we improve the implementation of innovative services or new models of service delivery or governance arrangements that have proven to be effective under controlled ‘laboratory’ conditions into ‘real-life’ practice so as to improve health outcomes?

Mamma Mia! Different ‘schools of thought’ emerged to tackle the implementation challenge

In the past two decades, new fields of applied science or ‘schools of thought’ have emerged that engage in answering this question. Among them are the fields of

These fields use different theories, have developed different frameworks, and are applying different methods. However, implementing innovations into real-world settings has shown to be challenging and often too complex to be met with single, linear, prescriptive implementation approaches, developed within a particular ‘school of thought’. Hence, there is reason to consider whether a stronger integration of knowledge across the different ‘schools of thought’ can help implementing innovations at greater speed and with better fit to the complex real-world circumstances.

One of Us! Joining forces to improve implementation

The goal of this pre-conference event is to bring the different ‘schools of thought’ together to discuss different approaches and experiences tackling key challenges such as developing targeted and multi-faceted implementation strategies, measuring implementation outcome, understanding the role of contextual factors, and taking into account the needs of and co-production with practitioners, policymakers, service users and the public.

We will look at a number of recently finished and currently running projects and their ways to tackle these challenges in research and practice, within public health, health care and policy contexts, and in and across different European countries. Acknowledging that there is no one-size-fits-all, we do not aim to identify a best practice approach. Instead, we want to enhance the exchange between the different schools of thought and facilitate interdisciplinary learning. The presentations will identify key learnings about effective implementation for each school of thought. In facilitated group sessions, we will discuss how this learning can be integrated and operationalised to improve implementation science and practice.


European Commission’s Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (Chafea)
The Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency was created on 1 January 2005 (formerly named PHEA between 2005 to 2008 and EAHC between 2008 to 2014). In 2013, the Agency's mandate was prolonged till 2024 and expanded to include actions in the field of health, consumer protection and food safety. In 2016 the mandate was enlarged to manage the reformed EU agricultural products information and promotion. Currently Chafea implements the EU Health Programme, the Consumer Programme, Better Training for Safer Food initiative (BTSF) and the Promotion of Agriculture Products Programme. The Agency provides a professional service in performing the tasks and activities entrusted to it by the European Commission and works closely with the DG Health and Food Safety, DG Justice and Consumers and DG Agriculture and Rural Development. Chafea is based in Luxembourg. http://ec.europa.eu/chafea/health/index.html 

Centre for Implementation Science at Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South London, King’s College London
CLAHRCs are collaborations between local providers of NHS services and NHS commissioners, universities, and other relevant local organisations in England. There are 13 CLAHRCs and their primary focus is on research targeted at chronic disease and public health interventions. CLAHRC South London comprises NHS trusts located south of the river Thames in London and teams of researchers located at King’s College London and St. George’s University London. The Centre forImplementation Science supports research and activities carried out by the CLAHRC and aims at developing the discipline of implementation science.

European Implementation Collaborative (EIC)
The EIC is an international network for individuals and organisations with an interest in enhancing the uptake of evidence in policy and practice. Its scope is multi-disciplinary and multi-sectorial. The EIC promotes greater awareness and understanding of implementation science and practice within and across European welfare and human service systems. It also works to create an infrastructure for cross-European exchange of the ‘know what’, ‘know why’, and ‘know how’ of implementation practice and science.

EUPHA Section on Public Health Policy and Practice
The Public Health Practice & Policy Section of the European Public Health Association consists of more than 2000 members across the larger Eurasian continent including some members from other continents as well. The Section strategy is aimed at improving the feasibility, acceptability and impact of health policies and systems by building productive cross-cutting linkages and governance capacities in different public health disciplines across the practitioner, policymaker and academic researcher realms. This is in line with the EUPHA strategy 2014-2020: capacity development of member organisations and the education of young public health professionals. The Section focuses on issues in health system governance, cross-sectoral and multilevel governance (from the local level to the European and global governance levels), policy learning and innovation, and quality assurance systems of monitoring, assessments and evaluation.


The registration fee is € 20 which includes networking lunch and refreshments. This workshop is supported by the European Union in the frame of the EU Health Programme.