History and Future Directions of the GII

Founded in April 2012, the GII has formed a Board of Directors, developed an administrative home for GII activities, and approved three major initiatives to further the purposes of GII. The major initiatives are the biennial Global Implementation Conference, the development of a Global Implementation Society, and organizing Global Implementation University efforts.

The first biennial Global Implementation Conference (GIC) was launched in Washington, D.C., USA in August 2011. The purpose of the GIC is to provide an educational forum that showcases the state of implementation practice and science and its use in applied settings. Attracting participants working across the full spectrum of human services in 20-30 countries, the GIC provides a platform for developing global networks to rapidly advance implementation practice, science, and policy. GII held the 2nd biennial GIC in 2013 and the 3rd GIC is in Dublin, Ireland in May 2015.

Networking at the GIC attracted leaders in the field of implementation who returned to their home countries and launched “regional” (e.g. Australasia, Nordic Countries) implementation networks. The demand for linking individuals, groups, and nations has prompted the formation of a Global Implementation Society (GIS). GII will provide details regarding formation of the Society after GIC 2015 in Dublin. The purpose of the Global Implementation Society (GIS) is to help define, support, and expand professional roles related to implementation in human service organizations and government systems.

As preparations for the GIS proceeded, it became clear that professionals and others want access to organized professional development opportunities. In response, the Global Implementation University became the third major initiative developed by GII. A major global review of current professional development opportunities has been concluded. GII and the Global University committee will continue to organize efforts to establish coursework, certificate programs, and degree programs to strengthen professional knowledge, skills, and abilities in the field of implementation.

The GII represents an emerging worldwide platform for discussion and action to promote effective approaches to implementation practice, science, and policy. GII provides a platform to share critical information, evolve a common language for research and practice, and identify and respond to challenges that need to be met. In the next decade, science-based implementation will be on a par with science-based interventions as the “gold standard” for progress across the spectrum of human services globally.