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Knowledge Translation Strategy

This document explains ARC East Midlands approach to preparing for implementation readiness. 

It is well known that research evidence does not easily 'get' into practice (hence why the CLAHRCs were originally funded). It is also well known that the easiest way to get research into practice is to 'design in' implementation, from the start of the research study. Implementation (defined as: getting something into practice) doesn't just happen; it isn't a bolt on at the end of a project, but is a set of deliberate, evidenced decisions and actions that are made throughout the lifetime of the study (and beyond).

The ARC EM model of implementation recognises that the key determining factor in getting our funded research implementation ready, is to understand the local context into which the evidence is to be implemented. In doing this, our approach emphasises the importance of working with health and social
care partners – and to this end, it is mandatory for all of our funded studies to have a Lead Stakeholder Investigator from the area of health/social care practice they hope to influence, and who will act as a champion for the work, but who will also ensure that the research being carried out remains aware of and responsive to changes in practice.

This booklet covers the following sections:

  • The Knowledge Translation strategy
  • Implementation Frameworks
  • Implementation strategies
  • Involving Stakeholders
  • The Implementing Change booklet and discussion generator game