Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) science trainings are essential to build knowledge among a variety of current and future health professionals.
The objective of this study was to pilot-test and assess implementation of a nutrition-specific D&I science training.
Participants (students enrolled in nutrition and public health programs) completed pre/post surveys and exit interviews. Descriptive statistics and a qualitative thematic analysis used deductive coding; in which coding and theme development are directed by existing concepts. Initial coding was completed by one researcher and validated by an additional researcher to describe and provide examples of the categories the Kirkpatrick Model and Implementation Outcomes Framework.
The evaluation of the training was positively supported through the Kirkpatrick Scale results (mean scores between 6.94 ± 1.7 (Learning) and 7.35 ± 1.9 (Reaction)) and qualitative findings (increased confidence in D&I science and positive feedback on active learning strategies (application-based learning, mentorship, and discussions). Participants (n=8) described the learning activities (case studies, discussions, projects), the structure of the course (flipped classroom, content, learning strategies), the setting (hybrid, online), and mentorship (continuous feedback on assignments) as enabling effective implementation, which reflects with positive Implementation Outcome findings (3.59 ± 1.26, appropriateness score 3.94 ± 0.85, and feasibility score of 4.09 ± 0.67).
These findings support positive implementation feasibility and program evaluation. Future studies need to compare changes in knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs among current or future nutrition professionals before and after completing this training.
Author ORCID Identifier
Ayron E Walker: 0000-0001-5670-8356
Melissa D. Olfert: 0000-0002-6686-3891
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Walker, Ayron E.; Claydon, Elizabeth A.; Scarneo-Miller, Samantha E.; Totzkay, Daniel; and Olfert, Melissa D.
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