Implementation Research Logic Model

The Implementation Research Logic Model (IRLM) is an organizing tool developed to improve the specification, rigor, reproducibility, and transparency of implementation research projects of various study designs and at various stages of research. The IRLM is a required component of the FY2020 1- and 2-year Ending the HIV Epidemic ARC/CFAR supplement announcement. To assist you in developing an IRLM for your project, we’ve curated a number of tools and resources here.


  • Smith, J. D., Li, D. H., & Rafferty, M. R. (2020). The implementation research logic model: A method for planning, executing, reporting, and synthesizing implementation projects [preprint]. medRxiv


IR Logic Model for the FY2020 EHE ARC/CFAR Supplement Announcement

Presented on April 8, 2020, by J.D. Smith, Northwestern University and Third Coast CFAR.

Introducing the IRLM
  • Presented at the 2019 ISC3I Summit by J.D. Smith, Northwestern University and Third Coast CFAR.
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Resources to help complete the IRLM:


  • Damschroder, L. J., Aron, D. C., Keith, R. E., Kirsh, S. R., Alexander J. A., & Lowery, J. D. (2009). Fostering implementation of health services research findings into practice: A consolidated framework for advancing implementation science. Implementation Science, 4, 50.
  • Kirk, M. A., Kelley, C., Yankey, N., Birken, S. A., Abadie, B., & Damschroder, L. (2016). A systematic review of the use of the Consolidated Framework for Implementation ResearchImplementation Science, 11, 72.

Implementation strategies

  • Powell, B. J., Waltz, T. J., Chinman, M. J., Damschroder, L. J., Smith, J. L., Matthieu, M. M., Proctor, E. K., & Kirchner, J. A. (2015). A refined compilation of implementation strategies: Results from the Expert Recommendations for Implementing Change (ERIC) project. Implementation Science, 10, 21.
  • Bunger, A. C., Powell, B. J., Robertson, H. A., MacDowell, H., Birken, S. A., & Shea, C. (2017). Tracking implementation strategies: A description of a practical approach and early findings. Health Research Policy and Systems, 15, 15.
  • Waltz, T. J., Powell, B. J., Fernandez, M. E., Abadie, B., & Damschroder, L. J. (2019). Choosing implementation strategies to address contextual barriers: Diversity in recommendations and future directions. Implementation Science, 14, 42.


  • Lewis, C. C., Klasnja, P., Powell, B. J., Lyon, A. R., Tuzzio, L., Jones, S., Walsh-Bailey, C., & Weiner, B. (2018). From classification to causality: Advancing understanding of mechanisms of change in implementation science. Frontiers in Public Health6, 136.
  • Powell, B. J., Fernandez, M. E., Williams, N. J., Aarons, G. A., Beidas, R. S., Lewis, C. C., McHugh, S. M., & Weiner, B. J. Enhancing the impact of implementation strategies in healthcare: A research agenda. Frontiers in Public Health


  • Proctor, E., Silmere, H., Raghavan, R., Hovmand, P., Aarons, G., Bunger, A., Griffey, R., & Hensley, M. (2011). Outcomes for implementation research: Conceptual distinctions, measurement challenges, and research agenda. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 38, 65-76.
  • Glasgow, R. E., Harden, S. M., Gaglio, B., Rabin, B., Smith, M. L., Porter, G. C., Ory, M. G., & Estabrooks, P. A. (2019). RE-AIM planning and evaluation framework: Adapting to new science and practice with a 20-year review. Frontiers in Public Health, 7, 64.
  • Kessler, R. S., Purcell, E. P., Glasgow, R. E., Klesges, L. M., Benkeser, R. M., & Peek, C. J. (2013). What does it mean to “employ” the RE-AIM model? Evaluation and the Health Professions36(1), 44-66.