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Title: Implementing a protocol for a research impact assessment of the Centre for Research Excellence in Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Recovery.
Austin Authors: Ramanathan, Shanthi;Reeves, Penny;Deeming, Simon;Bernhardt, Julie;Nilsson, Michael;Cadilhac, Dominique A;Walker, Frederick Rohan;Carey, Leeanne;Middleton, Sandy;Lynch, Elizabeth;Searles, Andrew
Affiliation: Adelaide Nursing School, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Adelaide, North Terrace, SA, Australia
Stroke and Ageing Research, School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia
School of Allied Health, College of Science, Health and Engineering, Department of Community and Clinical Allied Health, LaTrobe University, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia
Nursing Research Institute, St Vincent's Health Australia (Sydney) and Australian Catholic University, Darlinghurst, NSW, Australia
School of Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW, Australia
The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, The University of Melbourne, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Recovery, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Health Research Economics, Hunter Medical Research Insitute, Locked Bag 1, New Lambton Heights, NSW, 2305, Australia
Issue Date: 1-Aug-2018 2018-08-01
Publication information: Health research policy and systems 2018; 16(1): 71
Abstract: There is growing recognition that the wider benefits of research (economic, social and health impacts) should be assessed and valued alongside traditional research performance metrics such as peer-reviewed papers. Translation of findings into policy and practice needs to accelerate and pathways to impact need to be better understood. This research protocol outlines a mixed methods study to apply the Framework to Assess the Impact from Translational health research (FAIT) to the Centre for Research Excellence in Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Recovery (CRE-Stroke). FAIT is purpose-designed to encourage research translation and assess research impact but lacks validation. Phase 1 involves application of the FAIT-modified programme logic model to each CRE-Stroke research stream including identifying process, output and impact metrics, as well as end users of the research. A scoping review will inform potential impacts anticipated from CRE-Stroke. In Phase 2, audit and feedback on achievements against plans will track and encourage research translation. Logic models will be updated to account for changes in the research pathways over time. In Phase 3, three proven methods for measuring research impact - Payback, economic assessment and narratives - will be applied to each research stream and the data triangulated and reported in Phase 4. The feasibility of applying FAIT will also be assessed as part of Phase 3. Use of prospective, comprehensive research impact frameworks for large interdisciplinary programmes of research is rare. FAIT's application to CRE-Stroke will provide opportunity for the impact of CRE-Stroke to be assessed and a range of impacts beyond standard academic achievements to be reliably reported. The feasibility of FAIT's application will also be assessed and, if necessary, refined. The usefulness of FAIT for encouraging research translation will also be described and may prove useful for other programmes looking to implement a research impact framework.
DOI: 10.1186/s12961-018-0349-2
ORCID: 0000-0003-1374-5565
Journal: Health research policy and systems
PubMed URL: 30068358
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Health economics
Impact assessment
Research translation
Stroke rehabilitation
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