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WashU Creates New Tool to Measure Real-World Impact of Research

Researchers from the Brown School Public Health Programs and the School of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis have created a new framework that public-health and clinical scientists can use to measure the impact of their work in a variety of settings.

The Translational Science Benefits Model is intended to provide benchmarks to assess the impact of research that applies scientific findings to enhance public health and well-being. A paper explaining the development of the tool was published September 8 in Clinical and Translational Science.

“Measuring the benefit of research requires innovative tools,” wrote the lead author, Dr. Douglas Luke, professor at the Brown School and director of the Center for Public Health Systems Science. “Even with new metrics available, we are still confronted with the challenges of how to demonstrate direct associations between research funding, scientific outcomes, and subsequent social and health benefits.”

The model identifies benefits of clinical and translational research in four areas:

Dr. Luke’s team is now working on a new website to share the framework, indicators, and case studies that show how the framework can be used.

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[Photo: Dr. Douglas Luke]