Project Summary

UW Health’s proposed HSII capacity building activities include the creation of a Knowledge-to-Practice Leadership Team and a Mobile Implementation and Evaluation Team, as well as an administrative Support Team. These teams will support the Co-principal investigators (PI)s and strengthen readiness to respond to future HSII proposals and implementation activities. The Leadership Team will vet Implementation Project opportunities using a readiness assessment rubric based on existing priorities and resources considerations across the clinical enterprise. The Leadership Team will leverage existing governance structures to shepherd the decision process regarding each opportunity, including the Clinical Service Councils and Quality Alignment Process. The development and application of the readiness assessment rubric will address an identified gap in existing governance and will be especially impactful in enabling effective decisions where leadership time, IS (Implementation System) resources and budget must be allocated across multiple areas. The rubric is anticipated to include criteria such as alignment with organizational strategic initiatives, quality measures, resource capacity and staff readiness.

For opportunities that are selected, the Knowledge-to-Practice Leadership Team will provide ongoing oversight for the Mobile Implementation and Evaluation Team. This team will provide direct on-site support to operational leads and key staff in design, initial implementation and ongoing refinement of Implementation Projects, as well as evaluation activities. Planning in advance for evaluation is variable and sometimes omitted in current states. Therefore, adding an evaluator to this team will support success in HSII activities and help UW Health build a habit of evaluation to drive future improvement cycles and sustainability to extend beyond the completion of this initiative. Finally, the Knowledge to Practice Support Team will support the co-PIs' overall management of HSII activities as well as the Leadership Team and clinical champions’ ability to respond to calls for Implementation Projects by providing technical support for development and submission of proposals and subsequent reporting.

Health System Name

  • UW Health (University of Wisconsin)

Principal Investigator(s)

  • Robin Lankton, MPH, CHES, Vice President, Population Health
  • Kirsten Rindfleisch, MD, Senior Medical Director, Primary Care

About HSII Capacity Building Projects
Funding for HSII Capacity Building Projects was the first funding opportunity available under HSII, to support HSII Participants’ efforts to prepare for successful implementation and program evaluation as part of HSII Implementation Projects. Through HSII, HSII Participants will undertake implementation projects to actively advance the adoption of new evidence, drawn from PCORI-funded research, into their care delivery settings.

Project Information

UW Health (University of Wisconsin)

Key Dates

June 2023
December 2024
Last updated: July 5, 2023