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Systems Science and Implementation Capacity


The Systems Science and Implementation Capacity (SSIC) was designed as a key function of the Prevention Centre to integrate systems science into our work. Specifically, its focus is to assist researchers, policy makers and practitioners to strengthen the design and implementation of their work by considering systems approaches. The SSIC offers systems capacity building for Prevention Centre members and conducts systems-oriented research.

The Systems Science and Implementation Capacity (SSIC) was designed as a key function of the Prevention Centre to integrate systems science into our work. Specifically, its focus is to assist researchers, policy makers and practitioners to strengthen the design and implementation of their work by considering systems approaches. The SSIC offers systems capacity building for Prevention Centre members and conducts systems-oriented research.

Capacity lead

Capacity team

Members of the Systems Science and Implementation Capacity (SSIC) are engaged in a number of Prevention Centre projects and related activities. For more details on our systems research, please see individual researcher and chief investigator pages and the list of systems work across the Centre.

Implementation Exchange

In 2014, NSW Health presented on their experience developing the Population Health Information Management System. The system is used to monitor the roll out of population and public health programs by Local Health Districts. The exchange has prompted cross-centre and cross-jurisdictional collaboration on developing the best ways to document prevention practice. Watch Professor Penny Hawe discuss a program perspective on systems thinking.

Systems Thinking Workshops

May 2014: Workshop on Systems Thinking delivered by Professor Ochie Boshe from the University of Adelaide, director of the Think2Impact. Participants learned about the systems process called Evolutionary Learning Laboratories (ELLab) created by Professor Boshe and his colleague, Dr Nam Nguyen. The ELLab is a systems generic process that can tackle any complex issue. It involves all stakeholders mapping their mental models, barriers and possible solutions for the complex problem. Read more.

January 2015: Dr Tim Haslett led Prevention Centre members through the Beer Game, which illustrates how actions cause reactions down the supply chain. Organisations around the world have used this game, which was developed in the 1960s, to understand how the actions of individuals combine with the actions of systems to affect outcomes. Read more.

2017: Workshops in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne on Systems Practice, led by Dr Seanna Davidson.  The workshops, for our research network members, focused on the practice of applied systems thinking.

Systems Thinking Webinars

July 2016: Systems change expert Professor Pennie Foster-Fishman of Michigan State University presented a day workshop and webinar on ABLe Change: a framework for systems change in communities. Watch the video here.

March 2017: Professor Diane Finegood of Simon Fraser University in Canada and Dr Bev Holmes, Acting President and CEO, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Canada presented a webinar on practical strategies to mobilise knowledge in complex systems, including co-production of knowledge, shared goals and measures, and leadership.

 

Mandell M, Keast R, Chamberlain D. Collaborative networks and the need for a new management language. Public Manag Rev. 2016;1–16. doi: 10.1080/14719037.2016.1209232

Hawe P. Lessons from complex interventions to improve health. Annual Review of Public Health. 2015. Vol. 36: 307-323

Hawe P, Bond L, Ghali LM, Perry R, Blackstaffe A, Davison CM, Casey DM, Butler H, Webster CM, Scholz B. Replication of a whole school ethos changing intervention: different context, similar effects, additional insights. BMC Public Health. 2015;15:265

Hawe P, Riley T, Gartrell A, Turner K, Canales, Omstead D. Comparison communities in a cluster randomised trial innovate in response to “being controlled. Social Science and Medicine. 2015;133:102-110

Siokou C, Morgan R, Shiell A. Group model building: a participatory approach to understanding and acting on systems. Public Health Res Practice. 2014; 25(1):e2511404.

The Systems Science and Implementation Capacity. What is systems thinking and how does it apply to prevention in The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre? 2014