Like its predecessor, ACTION, ACTION II is a five-year task order contract model of practice-based implementation research. Its 17 partnerships (comprised of over 350 health care organizations) contribute a diverse group of specialists from a range of backgrounds:
- Inpatient care
- Ambulatory care
- Long-term care providers
- Health plan providers
- Health services research
- Consumer safety groups
- Patient safety groups
- Professional or trade associations
- Quality improvement organizations
ACTION II topics of interest potentially include:
- Patient safety
- Health information technology
- Structure and organization of care delivery
- Coordination of care
- Comparative effectiveness of systems design and change strategies
- Prevention and care management
- Long-term care
- Health literacy
Action II research is:
- Practice-based: ACTION II research tests innovations in the settings in which they will be used.
- Implementation-oriented: ACTION II research is designed to increase knowledge about how innovations are implemented and how and why specific strategies will or will Not work.
- Rapid cycle: As requirements are identified, task order proposals are solicited from the 17 awardees, and are then awarded within approximately four months of release. Task orders are generally completed within 18-30 months of the award date.
- Potentially worthy to spread: ACTION II emphasizes projects that are responsive to user needs and operational interests which should generally be applicable across multiple settings.
Partners, AHRQ Staff, and External Funders or Co-sponsors can access the ACTION II Extranet.