The Impact of a Community-University Collaboration: Opening the “Black Box”

Siemens, L. (2012). The impact of a community-university collaboration: Opening the "black box". Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research, 3(1), 5-25. http://anserj.ca/anser/index.php/cjnser/article/download/94/53 Abstract Within the Social Economy, universities are working with community representatives to undertake research projects, service learning opportunities, and increasingly, academic program development, all with the objective of addressing social

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The Rise of the Knowledge Broker

Meyer, M. (2010). The rise of the knowledge broker. Science Communication, 32(1), 118 -127. http://archivesic.ccsd.cnrs.fr/docs/00/49/37/94/PDF/Rise_of_Broker.pdf Abstract Knowledge brokers are people or organizations that move knowledge around and create connections between researchers and their various audiences. This commentary reviews some of the literature on knowledge brokering and lays out some thoughts on how to

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Innovation Brokers

This journal club entry is about the work of Laurens Klerkx (Wageningen University, The Netherlands) on innovation brokers and is drawn primarily from the Technological Forecasting & Social Change paper below but I also include the 2012 reference since it is not only more recent but is open access. You

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Systems Thinking, Knowledge and Action: Towards Better Models and Methods

Best, A., Holmes, B. (2010). Systems thinking, knowledge and action: Towards better models and methods. Evidence & Policy, 6(2), 145-159. http://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/tpp/ep/2010/00000006/00000002/art00002 Abstract The way we think about how research, policy and practice inform and interact with each other shapes our efforts to improve health and social outcomes. In this paper we describe linear, relationship and

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Is it Time to Drop the ‘Knowledge Translation’ Metaphor? A Critical Literature Review

Greenhalgh, T., Wieringa, S. (2011). Is it time to drop the 'knowledge translation' metaphor? A critical literature review. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 104, 501-509. DOI 10.1258/jrsm.2011.110285 http://jrsm.rsmjournals.com/content/104/12/501.full.pdf Abstract The literature on 'knowledge translation' presents challenges for the reviewer because different terms have been used to describe the generation, sharing and application of knowledge

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Flows of Knowledge, Expertise and Influence: A Method for Assessing Policy and Practice Impacts From Social Science Research

Meagher, L., Lyall, C., & Nutley, S. (2008). Flows of knowledge, expertise and influence: A method for assessing policy and practice impacts from social science research. Research Evaluation, 17(3), 163-173. DOI: 10.3152/095820208X331720 Abstract Social science research undoubtedly does impact on public policy and practice but such non-academic impacts are rarely amenable to precise, quantitative metrics.

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Community Capacity to Acquire, Assess, Adapt and Apply Research Evidence: A Survey of Ontario’s HIV/AIDS Sector

Wilson, M. G., Rourke, S. B., Lavis, J., Bacon, J., & Travers, R. (2011). Community capacity to acquire, assess, adapt and apply research evidence: A survey of Ontario's HIV/AIDS sector. Implementation Science, 6(54), 1-6. doi:10.1186/1748-5908-6-54 http://www.implementationscience.com/content/pdf/1748-5908-6-54.pdf Abstract Background: Community-based organizations (CBOs) are important stakeholders in health systems and are increasingly called upon to use research

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The PARiHS Framework (Promoting Action on Research Implementation in Health Services)

This journal club entry isn't about a single article but a suite of articles spanning 1998-2011, all relating to the PARiHS framework (Promoting Action on Research Implementation in Health Services). There are three journal articles (two of them open access) and an accompanying additional file (also open access). Kitson, A., Harvey,

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Validation of the Conceptual Research Utilization Scale: An Application of the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing in Healthcare

Squires, J. E., Estabrooks, C. A., Newburn-Cook, C. V. & Gierl, M. (2011). Validation of the conceptual research utilization scale: An application of the standards for educational and psychological testing in healthcare. BMC Health Services Research, 11(1), 107 -152. doi:10.1186/1472-6963-11-107 Abstract Background: There is a lack of acceptable, reliable, and valid survey instruments to measure conceptual

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Effective Implementation of Research into Practice: An Overview of Systematic Reviews of the Health Literature

Boaz, A., Baeza, J., Fraser, A., Grimshaw, J., McAuley, L., et. al. (2011). Effective implementation of research into practice: An overview of systematic reviews of the health literature. BMC Research Notes, 4(1), 212. doi: 10.1186/1756-0500-4-212  Abstract Background: The gap between research findings and clinical practice is well documented and a range of interventions has been developed to increase the

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Fostering Implementation of Health Services Research Findings into Practice: A Consolidated Framework for Advancing Implementation Science

Damschroder, L. J., Aron, D. C., Keith, R. E., Kirsh, S.R., Alexander, J. A. & Lowery, J. C. (2009). Fostering implementation of health services research findings into practice: A consolidated framework for advancing implementation science. Implementation Science, 4(1), pp. 50 doi:10.1186/1748-5908-4-50 Abstract Background: Many interventions found to be effective in health services research studies fail to translate

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