Integration and Implementation Sciences (i2S): Improving research impact on complex real-world problems.
- a resources repository
- a common identity and the focus for connecting and empowering a global community
- the framework for a new discipline.
i2S as a New Discipline
i2S is a new discipline providing concepts and methods for conducting research on complex, real-world problems. It supports researchers (i2S specialists) who contribute to cross-disciplinary teams tackling challenging social and environmental problems, by enhancing
- Synthesis of disciplinary and stakeholder knowledge,
- Understanding and management of diverse unknowns, and
- Provision of integrated research support for policy and practice change.
i2S is an intellectual hub which provides:
- a home for compiling and further developing relevant concepts and methods, as well as case examples which illustrate their use,
- a conduit for transmitting these between teams working on different problems,
- a forum for evaluating quality and raising standards, and
- education at a range of levels.
i2S projects aim to:
- refine the conceptualisation of Integration and Implementation Sciences (i2S)
- gather and organise concepts and methods for application by i2S specialists
- bring together different disciplinary and practitioner perspectives on unknowns and on change
- build bridges between related approaches, such as interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity, systemic intervention, action research, complex systems science, implementation science, participatory system dynamics etc
- foster networks and alliances to increase the influence of i2S and its component approaches on research funding, as well as research and education policy.
The ideas underpinning I2S are described in the following paper and book:
- Bammer, G. 2017 ‘Should we discipline interdisciplinarity?’ Palgrave Communications 3 (article 30) DOI: 10.1057/s41599-017-0039-7
- Bammer, G. 2013 Disciplining Interdisciplinarity: Integration and Implementation Sciences for Researching Complex Real-World Problems, ANU Press. This book includes 24 commentaries and is available free online.