Check out this new publication first authored by Fellow Sarah Birken (2014 Cohort) which examined which theories implementation scientists use and the criteria for selecting them.
Top 3 theories used: 1) Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CFIR), 2) Reach Effectiveness Adoption Implementation Maintenance (REAIM), and 3) Diffusion of Innovation.
Most important criterion for selecting theory: 1)Empirical support, 2) Application to a specific setting/population, and 3) Explanatory and power/testability.
Check out the full text article HERE!
Birken, S., Powell, B., Shea, C., Haines, E., Alexis Kirk, M., Leeman, J., Rohweder, C., Damschroder, L. and Presseau, J. (2017). Criteria for selecting implementation science theories and frameworks: results from an international survey. Implementation Science, 12(1).