Center for Research Implementation and Translation (CRIT)


Harriet Kitzman, RN, PhD, FAAN
Senior Associate Dean for Research


The Center for Research Implementation and Translation (CRIT and often referred to as the Implementation Center) encourages and supports research translation through the development of implementation science. The Center’s scientists conduct rigorous, hypothesis-driven studies in which clinical research findings are tailored, tested, and systematically incorporated in clinical practice, and novel research methods are developed for the field.

The scope of the Center’s focus includes experimental and comparative effectiveness studies and investigation of the environmental context and characteristics of patients and their families, health care professionals, and systems that affect the utilization and effectiveness of treatments/interventions.

Currently, only a small portion of known effective treatments is used in practice. Biology, behavior, and physical and social environments of individuals intersect and interact with those of the health care provider/system and subsequently affect treatment utilization and effectiveness. By directing attention to the study of implementation, knowledge will be generated to inform the rapid and successful incorporation of promising treatment into real-world practice. As treatments and delivery systems are shaped to the person and context, increased treatment utilization by providers and patients and subsequent improved health are expected.

CRIT  is housed in the School of Nursing, draws on the strengths of its faculty and the faculty of the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine, and is one of four translation centers in the Clinical Translation Science Institute (CTSI).  The CRIT is a national model of enhanced collaboration among clinical, translational, and health services scientists across disciplines who come together to address some of the most pressing questions addressed by implementation science.

Implementation science by its very nature requires transdisciplinary collaboration and close collaboration with clinically based scientists. The CRIT is structured to enhance their interaction.   Experts within the Center assist faculty and research trainees to develop the conceptual and methodological skills required for implementation and comparative effectiveness studies.  Assistance is provided through seminars in School of Nursing and the CTSI, individual consultation, and selected research support services. The Center is closely aligned with the URMC Clinical Translation Science Institute and the Center for Research in the School of Nursing, through which other support services can be accessed.

Among the programs for which CRIT is responsible are the Comparative Effectiveness Research Key Function of the CTSI, the Supported Living Research Network, the Center for Outcomes Measurement, and the Research Implementation Methods Unit. The Research Implementation Methods Unit provides services for preliminary and pilot studies, with special emphasis on mixed qualitative and quantitative methodology.

More information can be obtained by contacting the Center at 585-275-8874.