International Implementation Research Network in Primary Care (IIRNPC)

Implementation research

Implementation research is the scientific inquiry into questions concerning implementation—the act of carrying an intention into effect, which in health research can be policies, programmes, or individual practices (collectively called interventions)
Peters D H et al BMJ 2013


IIRNPC has been formed to create a learning collaborative focused on shared lessons and the science of practice and health system transformation. A recent consultation paper ‘An introduction to the International Implementation Research Network in Primary Care’ (PDF 600KB) outlines the background, role, purpose and potential work activities of this Network. Comments on this paper are welcomed until July 2014.


In 2011 the Commonwealth Fund, US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and APHCRI funded an international collaboration which concluded that a solid foundation of primary care is an essential ingredient for effective, efficient and equitable delivery of health care.

The success of this initiative resulted in a follow-up meeting during the International Health Care Reform Conference in Brisbane, Australia in March 2012. The IIRNPC was then established jointly by APHCRI and the APHCRI Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Primary Health Care Microsystems (University of Queensland).

In 2013 a follow-up to the Brisbane meeting was organised in Ottawa, Canada to refine the aims and objectives of the IIRNPC and to identify areas of work that could be undertaken in 2014.

In March 2014 the IIRNPC members met again in Brisbane, Australia at the 2nd International Primary Health Care Reform Conference to address three goals:

  1. To seek expert’s experiences of issues associated with undertaking implementation research
  2. To build new (virtual) teams to share implementation research and ideas
  3. To consult on how participants would like to see the network work and its value to them

What are the benefits of an IIRNPC?    

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News & updates

March 2014 meeting

Engaging policy makers: the US Embassies series

The ‘Embassies Program’ was held in Washington DC in 2014, this was an initiative designed to: inform US health policy makers of the successes and challenges in other countries in implementing health care reforms; have host embassy leaders learn about health care innovation; and, identify international collaboration opportunities for translating innovations between countries. ‘Conversations’, hosted by three Embassies (Australia, The Netherlands, Denmark), were held between a national health leader from the host country and US policy makers and Senators, presenting an opportunity for US policy makers to learn from a number of countries, at an important moment in  US health care reform. The conversations included an in-depth review of experiences of the three host nations in developing and innovating primary health care as the core function of their health care system.

This short YouTube describes the program.


To join the Network, please contact your country’s representative. If your country is not listed yet, we’d be happy to add you in.


Organising committee



Associate Professor Terry Findlay

Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI)

Professor Chris Van Weel

APHCRI (Australia)

Emma Whitehead

APHCRI (Australia)

Professor Claire Jackson

University of Queensland (Australia)

Dr Tina Janamian

University of Queensland (Australia)

Professor Bob Philips

American Board of Family Medicine (USA)

Professor Andrew Bazemore

Robert Graham Center (USA)

Professor Nancy Edwards

University of Ottawa, CIHR (Canada)

Professor Robyn Tamblyn

McGill University, CIHR (Canada)


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