The Dissemination and Implementation Sciences Consortium (DISC) was launched in 2009 by the Dean of the College of Communication and Information, Dr. Dan O’Hair, in response to demands from Congress, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and citizens for increased knowledge application and accountability in healthcare and other practice settings. Thus, the ultimate goal of DISC is to understand how science is responsive and responsible to society. Accordingly, the Consortium conducts evidence-based research that accelerates the uptake of research findings into actionable practice. The Consortium partners with transdisciplinary teams of scientists and practitioners to develop and test models of dissemination and implementation applicable across diverse practice settings. The Consortium builds capacity to strengthen the innovation infrastructure of scientists and practitioners in diverse disciplines and contributes prominently to the building of research and organizational capacity for dissemination and implementation sciences at the University of Kentucky.
Capabilities include:

  • Refining theories, methodologies, and metrics
  • Translating knowledge and tailoring messages
  • Conducting impact studies to measure effects 


  • Public participation in research processes
  • Sharpening the focus on policies and practices
  • Nurturing implementation networks


  • Cultivating inter-disciplinary studies
  • Building science literacy
  • Contributing to the workforce