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Delivery Science


​Delivery Science seeks to improve the delivery of health care. Delivery Science has also been called “implementation research,” because its goal is to identify ways of implementing effective interventions in real-life health care systems.   

The common drivers of successful translation of research into practice include:

  • Partnerships between researchers and respected clinical leaders
  • A shared vision of which research questions would have the greatest impact within the given field
  • Willingness to collaborate on studying interventions using rigorous approaches
  • Sustained efforts over multiple years
  • The ability to garner funding to support robust research studies

Our setting within Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California Region provides the Division of Research with a unique opportunity to collaborate within a learning health care system. Successful translation of research into practice requires the effort of many actors within a learning health care system and ultimately succeeds if clinician leaders are invested in performance improvement — hence the need for effective collaboration between clinicians and researchers. The Permanente Medical Group promotes such a model and our Delivery Science Program supports research in high-priority areas that directly affects how we design our health care programs.

Delivery Science Studies

The Division of Research's Delivery Science Studies portfolio supports studies that have the potential for applied impact on care delivery, the support and collaboration of clinical program leaders, and a timeline of 12-24 months.   

These studies are sponsored by The Permanente Medical Group. We maximize the impact of this work through publications in peer-reviewed journals and associated internal communications. For more information, please see our active studies and completed studies.