Outcomes to Military Implementation Scholars Program (OMISP)
An MSRC Scholars Program to Build Partnerships and Design Implementation Studies for Suicide Prevention, May 2022-March 2023

Critical to the success of suicide prevention evidence-based assessment and intervention practices (EBPs) is that they are effective and are widely used. There is abundant evidence that effectiveness without an implementation strategy does not result in wide impact… at least not in less than a decade.

Our goal with this nine-month training program is to build on:
• The expertise of MSRC and other suicide prevention researchers with effective EBPs to implement
• The expertise of implementation scientists who can design strategies to promote implementation impact
• The expertise of military partners on what EBPs are needed and the barriers and constraints they face to develop nine useful, feasible, and fundable proposals to implement and evaluate suicide EBPs in military settings

Informational Webinar
Core D Director, Kate Comtois, hosted a webinar that provides an overview of the program. If you are interested in OMISP, please click here to view the recording.

Applications have closed and nine Scholars Teams have been selected to participate in the training program.

Virtual Implementation Science Institute, June 21 & 22
As part of OMISP, Core D is hosting a virtual implementation science institute. This institute is open to everyone and we are hoping for a wide audience of researchers, military leaders, policymakers, and funders. Participation in this training is free. Click here to learn more and register for the institute.

Questions? Email msrcdni@uw.edu

Timeline:
• A Scholars Team will be formed by matching a military partner with both a suicide prevention researcher and an implementation researcher receiving training in the scholars’ program (May 2022)

• Facilitated by the MSRC Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) Core, each team decides on an evidence-based practice (EBP) for implementation. EBPs can be any of the 7 P’s: programs (e.g., cognitive behavioral therapy for suicide prevention), practices (e.g., limited access to lethal means), principles (e.g., prevention before treatment), procedures (e.g., screening or risk identification), products (e.g., Virtual Hope Box app for suicide coping or trigger locks), pills, and policies (e.g., organizational mandates). Innovative practices with support from a single study will pursue Type 1 hybrids proposals while those with more evidence will use Types 2 or 3 hybrids, see Figure below. (June 2022)

• Teams attend a 1½ day expert training through a virtual Implementation Science Institute (June 21 & 22, 2022) and receive monthly consultation (July 2022 – March 2023) from expert faculty on building partnerships, designing an implementation strategy, collecting preliminary data for, and designing a hybrid effectiveness-implementation trial

• Travel funds for onsite visits to partnering military sites to develop the partnership and gather needs assessment and other preliminary data (July – November 2022)

• Team attends a 1½ day Implementation Science Institute in Washington DC on the development of hybrid trial research proposals appropriate to the military context (December 2022)

• Expert consultation on the development of Scholars Program final product - a 3-page pre-application for Department of Defense funding of a hybrid trial of the suicide prevention EBP (January-March 2023)