Integration and Implementation Sciences (i2S): an introduction

A new discipline – Integration and Implementation Sciences (i2S) – could provide a systematic way to allow people to effectively mix-and-match concepts and methods from systems thinking, inter- and trans-disciplinarity, implementation science, team science, complexity science and other approaches to more effectively deal with complex real-world problems.

i2S has three domains: 1) synthesis of disciplinary and stakeholder knowledge, 2) understanding and managing diverse unknowns and 3) providing integrated research support for policy and practice change. Each domain is organised around a five question framework that enables all aspects of the domains to be considered systematically. The five questions cover aims and beneficiaries; approaches to each domain; methods for knowledge synthesis, understanding and managing unknowns, and providing integrated research support; context; and outcomes.

i2S is, of course, the focus of this website. It is also described in the book, Disciplining Interdisciplinarity, and a 30 minute video (see below). A second, 55 minute video, presents a debate about I2S as a discipline.

Video (27 minutes): “Combining Forces: A New Discipline to Underpin Diverse Approaches to Research Integration and Implementation” presented by Gabriele Bammer was the opening keynote address at the First Global Conference on Research Integration and Implementation held in Canberra in Australia, online and at three co-conferences (Lueneburg in Germany, The Hague in the Netherlands and Montevideo in Uruguay), 8-11 September 2013. The Microsoft PowerPoint presentation from the video is available as a PDF (1.8MB).



Posted: August 2014
Last modified: November 2019