by Anneliese Poetz, KT Manager, NeuroDevNet
Program science “is the systematic application of scientific knowledge to improve the design, implementation and evaluation of programs”.
The NCE Program in Canada strives to facilitate the achievement of socio-economic impact for Canada through cutting-edge research and innovation. One social benefit of this Federally-funded research includes implementing innovations into programs that serve Canadians. NeuroDevNet NCE strives to achieve impact for Canadians affected by neurodevelopmental disorders such as Cerebral Palsy, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders. One avenue is to achieve implementation of evidence-informed innovations into programs. For example, after refining the exergame prototype, an innovation funded by NeuroDevNet and GRAND NCEs, this technology can expand the physical therapy options for youth with CP. Integrating the exergame bike into physical therapy programs would be what we refer to as ‘implementation’ (see Figure below).
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