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Global Implementation Conference 2019

The 5th Biennial Global Implementation Conference comes to Glasgow this September

Save the dates 15-17 September 2019 Global Implementation Conference Glasgow Scotland

We are hosting the next Global Implementation Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, in partnership with the Global Implementation Society (GIS).

Taking place from 15 - 17 September 2019, this global conference will attract people from many disciplines, sectors, and parts of the world, who all share a passion for what the practice and science of implementation offers in making real change and improvement to people’s lives and services.

Who should attend?

Anyone interested in understanding how to maximise the chances of ensuring the design and implementation of support services or changes in practice can work on the ground.

This conference is for you if you are:

  • Leading a big change agenda for your community?
  • Interested in or working to make transformational or systems change?
  • Supporting health, education, social services professionals to change and improve their practice and behaviour?

… Or even concerned at the very thought of ‘complex systems change’

The masterclasses and workshops on offer have been designed to appeal to beginners and those with intermediate and advanced understanding of implementation.

Why should I attend?

If you want to learn, share, collaborate, network, build your knowledge, understanding, skills and connections, this is the place for you.

The combination of learning sessions and networking, and informal discussions with some of the most experienced implementation colleagues in the world, make this a unique opportunity to hear from the best and share your insights and challenges.

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Learning and connections

It’s set to be a conference full of learning, exchanging cutting edge ideas and developments, and making life-long connections with a truly unique mix of people.

This is your opportunity to be part of a truly unique gathering of people who are all focused on improving people’s lives, regardless of the sector, discipline or locality they work in or the issues they are working to address.

The GIC is one of the world’s leading implementation conferences. It aims to promote implementation research, policy, and practice and their active application in public services in ways that benefit people and society. The previous conference - GIC 2017 - brought together over 500 people from 15 countries, and GIC 2019 will continue to expand the global implementation community through dialogue and discussion.


We look forward to seeing you in Glasgow in September 2019!

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The programme ahead:

Strengthening knowledge and expertise in how to lead, guide, and study effective implementation

GIC2019 creates an opportunity to advance knowledge and expertise in how to lead, guide, and study effective implementation in diverse political, economic, and disciplinary contexts. With a core focus on Implementation for Impact, GIC2019 will draw together people from across the world who are motivated to achieve lasting improvement in systems and services.

GIC2019 is about providing delegates with insights, knowledge and networks essential to realising and sustaining significant benefits in the health and wellbeing of local populations.



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Masterclasses (pre-conference)

15 September

Led and facilitated by implementation experts from across the world, you’ll have the opportunity for interactive learning about key implementation concepts, tools and skills.

Delegates can choose a morning and an afternoon session to attend, and can select from masterclasses designed for introductory, intermediate or advanced learning.



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GIC 2019

16 - 17 September

Over the two days, there will be a keynote speakers, parallel interactive sessions, and storyboard presentations.

You will have multiple opportunities to engage with colleagues, networks and societies all interested in strengthening connections across the field of implementation, all while enjoying Glasgow hospitality as part of attendance at GIC 2019!



FAQs - Why you should care about implementation

How to invest public money wisely?

Isn’t this the $64,000 question? With any change intention, you need to know the minimum requirements to produce the intended outcomes. Investing limited resources in attempts to scale the use of innovations that actually might be ineffectual, or potentially harmful, is wasteful and counterproductive. People leading change programmes, initiatives or projects need to understand, identify and evaluate the components of proposed innovations and assess how these can have an impact on the desired outcomes and which are essential for a positive outcome.

How well something can be replicated or reproduced in practice has to be understood in order to assess whether an innovation is sustainable and can be scaled. A focus on sustainability and scalability can be key to the indicators of success or otherwise.

A change is as good as a rest though…

Unfortunately, not always. Changes to systems, processes and practices designed to make things better for people need to do just that but often there can also be unintended consequences from poorly or hastily introduced change. Understanding implementation can help to build capacity, sustainability and a shared understanding and approach in order to bring people together to achieve a common, collective goal to improve outcomes for people and communities.

Can’t we just get on with it – just do it, no?

Wouldn’t that be great? Unfortunately the evidence is against us. Throughout the world, public services are littered with examples of best intentions but broken dreams, wasted resources, and the disappointment of outcomes not getting better despite great ideas to make real improvement. There is another way to achieve what we all want to, and that’s through effective implementation to make change happen.

Why do change programmes sometimes fail?

Considerable research and attention to what works, and what thwarts, attempts at change and improvement tells us that strategies are only effective when the factors involved in implementation are understood, planned, tested and considered. This does take a methodical approach, commitment and time, but this reduces the amount of money and effort that can so often be wasted despite the best intentions of those looking to make beneficial changes and improvements. There is evidence that suggests that without a concerted effort to make change happen, implementing a new service, programme or practice will take around 18 years. However, research tells us that by using an implementation approach, improvements in practice and outcomes should begin to be seen after about four years.

But isn’t training the answer to achieving change?

Training is always important but it cannot achieve change alone. Many of us will have been involved in all staff training sessions only to be disappointed to realise the lack of progress, or change in practice or improvement, as a result. Implementing successful improvements to deliver real outcomes takes more than training.

So what does it take to make change happen?

By learning lessons and tapping into the growing evidence around implementation, people working in research, policy, and practice, can see how current approaches, practices or processes can actually block change.

Evidence tells us there are some things that can be effective in guiding successful implementation and system change, including:

  • the use of data to inform the context of the change intended, decision-making, and provide a baseline for measuring implementation for improvement;
  • the role of leadership from the outset of a programme or project;
  • the selection or development of well-defined approaches that can be understood in ways that are easy to teach others, learn, and access;
  • identifying the core support needed to implement and sustain effective practices;
  • developing dedicated, confident teams, to guide, manage, sustain and own the implementation process;

building in and using processes to support teams and organisations to identify and solve problems along the way.

What's it like to attend the conference?

Quick guide to Glasgow

  • Glasgow, a major trading port in 18th century, is situated on the River Clyde, an important river for shipbuilding and the second longest in Scotland.
  • Glasgow was central to the Scottish Enlightenment: philosopher Francis Hutcheson studied, taught and published here; and economist Adam Smith, inventor and engineer James Watt, and scientist Joseph Black all worked in the city.
  • Glasgow has a rich and varied architectural heritage. The city's wealthy past has left a legacy of some of the finest Victorian architecture including the iconic City Chambers which overlooks George Square – the civic heart of the city.
  • A European City of Culture, the city is home to the legacy of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the world-renowned Glasgow School of Art and the Burrell Collection of art.
  • The 120-year-old Glasgow Subway is the third oldest underground system in the world after London and Budapest.
  • Glasgow is the largest retail centre in the UK outside London. 
  • The city hosted the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the 2018 European Championships, and the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards at has some of the world’s top entertainment and sporting facilities including the world-class conference venue that will host GIC 2019, designed by Sir Norman Foster.
  • In recent years, Glasgow has become a popular location for film and television productions including Outlander and Hollywood productions such as World War Z, Fast and Furious, and The Avengers franchises, and Oscar nominated film The Wife. Glasgow is also home to the BBC in Scotland.

Learn more about Glasgow

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Follow the hashtag #GIC2019Glasgow


Contact us

University of Strathclyde, Curran Building, Level 6
94 Cathedral St, Glasgow G4 0LG
0141 444 8500

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