Methods. A novel conceptual model was generated using studies examining EBP implementation in community contexts along with lessons learned from developing a university-based IPO serving a public mental health system. Congruent with knowledge-transfer objectives modeled, IPO staff collaborated with systems partners to design and deliver EBP training to 1,610 providers serving individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) over a one-year period. Data gathered to measure training impact include: 1) self-reported changes in EBP-related skills/knowledge and increased confidence and support in addressing clinical concerns, 2) training satisfaction, and 3) provider demographics. Paired sample t-tests were used to examine whether statistically significant gains in training outcomes were observed from pre-to-post training. Chi-square tests were used to conduct exploratory analyses examining differential gains among provider sub-groups.
Results. Overall, participation in the training was associated with significantly increased provider self-reported skills/knowledge, ability to find effective solutions, confidence in clinical capacity, and clinical support related to serving individuals with SMI. Training outcomes varied by provider position and years of experience; for example, a significantly higher proportion of direct service providers demonstrated training gains than administrators, and a significantly higher proportion of those with 5 years or less experience showed gains than those with 6 or more years, among other sub-group differences.
Conclusions & Implications. This study illustrates ways in which a community-partnered IPO may facilitate knowledge transfer of empirically-supported psychosocial treatment options while also attending to the needs and priorities of the local service system. Results support hypothesized system outcomes impacted by partnered IPO activities, including changes in service provider behavior, knowledge, and skills, which can ultimately effect changes in service recipient behavioral health-related domains and quality of life via improved quality of care.