This IR Toolkit is now divided into seven main Modules. One of the biggest changes in this revised edition is that the Toolkit is no longer presented in a ‘linear’ way. Depending on the unique needs of you/your research team, you can explore it from start-to-finish or choose to jump in to any specific module. We do recommend, however, that you look at the ‘Introduction to Implementation Research’ if you are new to the Toolkit and/or for a brief reminder about what makes implementation research (IR) unique.
The seven Toolkit modules are presented visually in the multi-coloured wheel featured on the landing page. There is also a navigation bar provided on the left-hand side of each page, to highlight which module you are using at any given time and so you can jump between modules as required. To encourage you to navigate the Toolkit in your own way, each section also provides ‘signposts’ to other interesting/relevant parts of the site.
To help you flag where you reach in the Toolkit, each time you close and re-open your browser later, the site will open back at the spot you were reading during your previous session.
Each module is divided into sub-sections that provide further detail on each topic area. At any point, you can drill down to get more detail, or choose to progress from one sub-section to the next using the ‘next’ and ‘previous’ buttons at the base of each page (or the navigation bar on the left).
As well as the main sections of each module described above, additional resources are also available offering key messages for a given sub-section, case studies, illustrative figures and tables, as well as direct hyperlinks to other IR-related resources. The icons used to highlight the different types of secondary content are shown below. Look out for them on the right-hand side of most Toolkit pages. Holding your mouse over any of these icons reveals a brief description of the linked resource, and clicking on them opens a ‘pop-up’ window or related site(s).
Types of secondary content:
|Case studies of IR and/or other examples|
(cross references to interesting/related content in other sections of the Toolkit)
The Toolkit also provides regular ‘Reflection Activities’ to help you and other research team members explore and/or take stock of themes/topics covered by a given section, in relation to your own IR project. Simply click on this icon when you see it to see the next Reflection activity.
You can close pop-up resources, to return to the main module text, by clicking the 'x' in the top right-hand corner or simply clicking any area outside the pop-up boxes.
Numerical in-text citations provide links to related references and footnotes. To avoid scrolling while you are reading, you can hover your mouse over any citation to see short information about a given reference/footnote. To see the full list of references and footnotes for a given section, just click on any individual citation, or use the references icon at the bottom of each page. Within each module, the complete references list also provides suggestions for further reading.
If you find any specific part of the toolkit particularly interesting or insightful, you can easily share it with colleagues and other contacts using social media and/or email. Simply look for the ‘Share’ buttons at the bottom of each page.
Just choose one of sharing options from the row of icons and follow the simple steps.
You can download a PDF version of each Toolkit module by simply clicking ‘Download’ icon at the bottom of each page. It is recommended that you print from a downloaded PDF version, in which text and graphics have been laid out and proportioned for this purpose.
You can also download an ‘offline’ version of this Toolkit site to your computer, so you can use the fully digital Toolkit when you do not have an internet connection.
This revised version of the Toolkit is the outcome of inputs by hundreds of users and contributors. Your feedback is not only welcome, but essential for the ongoing improvement of this resource. If you have comments on the Toolkit content, site functionality – or if you have thoughts or need further information concerning implementation research itself – we would be delighted to hear from you. Please send a brief message using the ‘Send us feedback on this site/Toolkit’ option found at the bottom on the navigation bar and the bottom of the landing page.
Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts and opinions with us and the IR community.