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WashU: Researchers, Practitioners Weigh in on Translational Research

Insights from researchers and practitioners can help inform training programs in the dissemination and implementation of research (D&I), according to findings from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

[Photo: Dr. Rachel Tabak]

Researchers surveyed 125 practitioners, researchers and policymakers, asking them to name skills that, with more training, would improve the impact of research in practice and policy. A smaller group was then asked to sort those responses by difficulty and importance.

The study identified nine skills and capacities needed to conduct and communicate research, such as “improve practice partnerships” and “build capacity for research.” The paper suggests that trainers initially focus on those skills rated high in importance and low in difficulty, such as “presenting findings.”

“Training in D&I research has great potential to improve the impact and reach of the products of health-related research,” wrote the study’s lead author, Dr. Rachel Tabak, research assistant professor at the Brown School.

The study was published in the March issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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