GEIS 2018

Evidence, synthesis and implementation: Creating Impact for stronger communities around the world

22-24 October 2018,
Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia

Hosted by the Centre for Evidence and Implementation, and Campbell

What was GEIS 2018?

GEIS 2018 brought together experts from across the world to talk about their experiences in generating and implementing evidence for better policy and practice. It explored the evidence for designing, implementing and reviewing effective programs and policies.

We joined policy makers, practitioners, organisational leaders, researchers, implementation scientists and funders for this significant global event. Reaching 650 delegates from 33 countries, GEIS 2018 shared the latest evidence synthesis and implementation science research and practice strategies for improving the lives of individuals, families and communities worldwide.


  • Networked and learned alongside more than 600 delegates from over 33 countries. The event attracted thought leaders and decision makers in the health, education, community services and international development sectors.
  • Heard from global leaders in evidence and implementation science. The event speakers and hosts were internationally recognised for producing and using evidence and implementation science to improve the lives of families and communities.
  • Were part of shaping the global evidence and implementation science agenda. They joined a discussion that will help create new, innovative solutions to world problems—saving and improving people’s lives worldwide.
  • Connected with like-minded individuals and organisations. GEIS 2018 brought together a combined international audience from two prominent and established events: the 4th Australasian Implementation Conference and the What Works Global Summit.

Who attended?

The conference was for every organisation and group committed to the generation and implementation of evidence in policy and practice. It specifically aimed at practitioners, organisational leaders, policy makers, researchers, implementation scientists and funders in the following sectors:

  • Child and social welfare
  • Education
  • Humanitarian aid
  • Crime and justice
  • International development
  • Environment and climate change
  • Early childhood
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • Health and human services
  • Mental health services

Summit themes:

  1. Understanding what works
  2. Achieving scale and sustainability
  3. Methods for impact and implementation evaluation and synthesis
  4. Using evidence for better policy, programs and practice
  5. National and global cooperation and partnerships
  1. Understanding what works

Understanding what works is the first step to enable funders and implementing agencies to make confident, informed and robust decisions that can benefit the lives of children, families and communities in Australasia and around the world. However, there are many pathways for individuals and organisations to access knowledge.

We welcome abstract submissions that present evidence, either from new primary studies or evidence synthesis, of what programs work, for who, why and at what cost. 

  1. Achieving scale and sustainability

Effective programs and practices can only achieve their full potential if they reach the entire population for which they are intended. But many successful pilots don’t work at scale, and many programs are not sustainable beyond the existing external support.

We welcome abstract submissions that address questions such as:

  • What are the barriers to successful scale up?
  • What are effective scaling strategies?
  • How can they be developed, implemented, measured and evaluated?
  • How can the sustainment of effective practice be ensured?
  • What are preconditions for, and indicators of, good sustainment practice?
  • How should the need for sustainment be considered as part of program design, implementation and evaluation? 
  1. Methods for impact and implementation evaluation and synthesis

The need to assess the impact of programs and practices has been increasingly emphasised by policy developers, funders, service providers and researchers over the past decades. Furthermore, the value of high-quality evidence synthesis is increasingly recognised. There is also a growing understanding that good evaluation practice includes assessments of the quality of the implementation with which programs and practices are embedded into real-world settings. 

Among the questions of relevance to this conference theme are:

  • Which evaluation questions call for which methods?
  • How can research be conducted rapidly and rigorously?
  • What are new approaches to combining quantitative and qualitative methods to understand not only what works, but also why?
  • How can research be effectively embedded into real-world settings?
  • What are relevant advances in methods of evidence synthesis and meta-analysis? 
  1. Using evidence for better policy, programs and practice

The translation and use of evidence for the development of policies, programs and practices requires multiple skills. It depends on an understanding of not only the science itself, but also the context in which it will be used, including a broad range of diverse stakeholders.

A few examples of questions that are relevant to raise under this conference theme include:

  • What are effective ways to translate evidence for the use of practitioners, funders, policy developers and other stakeholders?
  • What does it mean to integrate evidence into policy or program development?
  • How can policies and programs continuously be infused with evidence to ensure they stay up to date and meet the needs of their recipients?
  • What are powerful examples of effective evidence use in policy development?
  • How can this use be measured and evaluated?
  1. National and global cooperation and partnerships

Significant, long-term and widespread impact requires strong partnerships across governments, the private sector, academia and civil society. The power of using collective resources and knowledge is well-known—so how can we create greater collaborative processes that lead to maximum community impact?

Among the questions of interest under this conference theme are:

  • How can research waste be avoided, and the resources used on research be of benefit to larger communities?
  • How can data be shared across organisational, system and national borders?
  • What are models of effective practice-policy-research partnerships and other coordination mechanisms to drive evidence-based sector agendas? 

Conference hosts

GEIS 2018 combines the 4th Australasian Implementation Conference and the What Works Global Summit 2018.

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