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date: 25 February 2021

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Interdisciplinarity would benefit from an underpinning discipline—integration and implementation sciences (I2S). This would act as a repository of concepts, methods, and case studies in three domains: (1) synthesizing disciplinary and stakeholder knowledge, (2) understanding and managing diverse unknowns, and (3) providing integrated research support for policy and practice change. Useful lessons about other functions of I2S can be drawn from the discipline of statistics and include (1) delivering a conduit to transfer practices between different areas of application, (2) developing different levels of expertise, and (3) providing pathways for building capacity. Developing a new discipline needs to be a joint exercise by those who would be its members.

Keywords: integration, implementation, knowledge synthesis, unknowns, change, I2S, repository

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