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After Adoption: Sustaining the Innovation A Case Study of Disseminating the Hospital Elder Life Program

The objective of this paper was to examine key factors that influence sustainability in the diffusion of the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) as an example of an evidence‐based, multifaceted, innovative program to improve care for hospitalized older adults.

Bradley, E. H., Webster, T. R., Baker, D., Schlesinger, M., & Inouye, S. K. (2005). After adoption: sustaining the innovation a case study of disseminating the hospital elder life program. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society53(9), 1455-1461.

Can cancer ever be ignored

Can cancer ever be ignored?

Brownlee, S., & Lenzer, J. (2011). Can cancer ever be ignored. New York Times.

Accountability for college and career readiness: Developing a new paradigm.

This report recommends an accountability approach that focuses on meaningful learning, enabled by professionally skilled and committed educators, and supported by adequate and appropriate resources, so that all students regardless of background are prepared for both college and career when they graduate from high school.

Darling-Hammond, L., Wilhoit, G., & Pittenger, L. (2014). Accountability for college and career readiness: Developing a new paradigm. Stanford, CA: Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education. Retrieved from

Teaching adolescents to become learners. The role of noncognitive factors in shaping school performance: A critical literature review

This report grew out of the understanding that it is not enough to know that noncognitive factors matter for learning. Researchers from a range of disciplines have provided evidence that such factors are important to students' grades and long-term educational outcomes. 

Farrington, C. A., Roderick, M., Allensworth, E., Nagaoka, J., Keyes, T. S., Johnson, D. W., & Beechum, N. O. (2012). Teaching adolescents to become learners. The role of noncognitive factors in shaping school performance: A critical literature review. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research.

The Work of Leadership

Companies today face adaptive challenges. Changes in societies, markets, customers, competition, and technology around the globe are forcing organizations to clarify their values, develop new strategies, and learn new ways of operating.

Heifetz, R. A., & Laurie, D. L. (1997). The work of leadership. Harvard business review75, 124-134.

Evaluating Organizational Design To Assure Technology Transfer: The Case of the Community Clinical Oncology Program

 Examined in this evaluation of the second phase of the CCOP are the ability of the 52 currently funded CCOPs and 17 research bases to accrue patients to cancer treatment and cancer control research protocols, their influence on the patterns of practice for cancer treatment in CCOP communities, and their influence on cancer control awareness and activity among primary care physicians.

Kaluzny, A. D., Ricketts III, T., Warnecke, R., Ford, L., Morrissey, J., Gillings, D., ... & Goldman, J. (1989). Evaluating organizational design to assure technology transfer: the case of the Community Clinical Oncology Program. JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute81(22), 1717-1725.

Taking preventive intervention to scale: The nurse-family partnership

The authors outline a program of research aimed at improving the outcomes of pregnancy, child health and development, and maternal life-course with a program of prenatal and infancy home visiting by nurses for low-income mothers having first babies. 

Olds, D. L., Hill, P. L., O'Brien, R., Racine, D., & Moritz, P. (2003). Taking preventive intervention to scale: The nurse-family partnership. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice10(4), 278-290.

How serious is America’s literacy problem?

The first step in solving a problem is seeing it clearly. This article, part one of an ongoing series, defines the broad scope and depth of the literacy crisis in the United States, among both children and adults.

Rea, A. (2020). How Serious is America’s Literacy Problem. Library Journal. April29.

The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

Casting a wide net through history and culture, Sagan examines and authoritatively debunks such celebrated fallacies of the past as witchcraft, faith healing, demons, and UFOs. And yet, disturbingly, in today's so-called information age, pseudoscience is burgeoning with stories of alien abduction, channeling past lives, and communal hallucinations commanding growing attention and respect. 

Sagan, C. (2011). The demon-haunted world: Science as a candle in the dark. Ballantine Books.

Bridging the Great Divide: Linking Research to Practice

This article define what constitutes a research to practice study and differentiate the terms research to practice and evidence-based practice. 

Shriver, M. D., & Watson, T. S. (2005). Bridging the great divide: Linking research to practice in scholarly publications. Journal of Evidence Based Practices for Schools6, 5-18.

Science and human behavior

The psychology classic—a detailed study of scientific theories of human nature and the possible ways in which human behavior can be predicted and controlled. 

Skinner, B. F. (1965). Science and human behavior (No. 92904). Simon and Schuster.

Sentinel Event

The Sentinel Event Policy explains how The Joint Commission partners with health care organizations that have experienced a serious patient safety event to protect the patient, improve systems, and prevent further harm.

The Joint Commission, (2011), Sentinel Event, Retrieved from

Data point: Adult literacy in the United States.

Using the data from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), this Data Point summarizes the number of U.S. adults with low levels of English literacy and describes how they differ by nativity status1 and race/ethnicity.

U.S. Department of Education. (2019). Data point: Adult literacy in the United States.

The effects of extrinsic rewards in intrinsic motivation: A meta‐analysis.

Results of this meta‐analysis research, testing for a moderator effect, show that support for the overjustification effect occurs only when intrinsic motivation is operationalized as task behaviour during a free‐time measure.

Wiersma, U. (1992). The effects of extrinsic rewards in intrinsic motivation: A meta-analysis.

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