Translational Research

Translation is the set of events that occur from discovering a new piece of knowledge to its adoption and use in a practice setting. This process consists of many complex activities, of which specific elements are explained below:

Dissemination: The intentional targeted spreading of information or technology about an innovation - product, practice, program, policy, idea, research findings, or results - from the originators to the intended users. This is a targeted and facilitated process of distributing information and materials to organizations and individuals who want and can use them to improve health.

Implementation: A purposeful set of specific activities designed to put an innovation to use, including the decision to use an innovation, commitment of needed resources, and actual use. The result is individual or organizational adoption of an innovation - product, practice, program, policy, idea, research findings, or results.

Diffusion: This is the process where an innovation moves into widespread use or common understanding. The result is the uptake of new practices, the penetration of broad scale recommendations, or more evidence-based health decision-making in both the public and the private sectors.
(Adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC Knowledge to Action Workgroup, 2010)

 

Helpful Links

  • Atlanta Clinical & Translational Science Institute

http://www.atlantactsi.org/

  • National Implementation Research Network

http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~nirn/

  • American Journal of Community Psychology, Volume 41, April 2008
    (This issue is devoted to addressing the research to practice gap)

 

Implementation & Dissemination Research Workshop II

Dr. James Emshoff led our second research workshop on May 17th, 2012. ECIC partners learned about closing the knowledge to practice gap and how research can help clarify and close that gap. Participants also learned about the issues associated with implementing and disseminating programs. Click HERE to see the podcast of this workshop.

 

Implementation & Dissemination Research Workshop I
Dr. James Emshoff and Dr. Rita Noonan led our first research workshop on January 29th, 2010. ECIC partners learned about closing the knowledge to practice gap through the 3 phases of dissemination, adoption, and implementation.

Click on the link below to see a podcast of this helpful workshop:
Research Workshop (.mp4 108MB)

 

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