RASC: Our Work

The Research Adoption Support Center (RASC) uses Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) science to improve the scalability and sustainability of evidence–based practices for opioid use disorder and pain. The RASC team supports Innovation and Acceleration Projects to increase and sustain effective evidence-based practices in substance use prevention and treatment, and pain management. In collaboration with the MERC and DISC, the Center also engages voices from the field in a Board of Partners to inform the work of the projects. Lastly, through a series of rapid research projects, RASC addresses the barriers that hinder individuals and institutions from using evidence-based practices within their settings.

More specifically, the RASC has developed or is developing:

  • Implementation Guides and Measures: Simple and practical tools to select, engage, co-design, and co-produce programs with key partners from outside the research team; evaluate factors that affect the implementation of evidence-based practices; track implementation strategy use over duration of a study; and document implementation outcomes (reach and adoption) in non-D&I focused studies.
  • Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) Financing and Policy: A collection of strategies to overcome financing and other policy barriers to scaling up medications for opioid use disorders.
  • Evidence-based practice summaries: Substance use disorder and pain management evidence-based practice summaries (COMING SOON).