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Drivers for Change – Apply Research

Equity Framework > Drivers for Change > Applying Research

Research findings can influence decisions at many levels, but often this depends on whether the knowledge gained is translated into action. Learning to evaluate practices, programs and policies, along with using research findings in practice is an important part of innovation, ethical research, and professional development.

Applying research for knowledge translation is a key way that research can benefit communities. Implementing the findings and following up on recommendations for change in practice, policy, and ways of working are important parts of staying accountable and responsive to communities engaged in research.

Adapted from:

  1. Haines, A., & Donald, A. (1998). Making better use of research findings. BMJ (Clinical research ed.), 317(7150), 72–75. Retrieved from
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1113463/
  2. Community-based participatory research: A guide to ethical principles and practice. Centre for Social Justice and Community Action, Durham University & National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement, November 2012. Retrieved from
    https://www.livingknowledge.org/fileadmin/Dateien-Living-Knowledge/Dokumente_Dateien/Toolbox/LK_A_CBPR_Guide_ethical_principles.pdf
  3. Researching for LGBTQ Health. Key Practices for Community Engagement in Research on Mental Health or Substance Use. Retrieved from
    https://lgbtqhealth.ca/projects/docs/practicesforresearchonmhandsu.pdf

Further Reading / Additional resources

Haines, A., & Donald, A. (1998). Making better use of research findings. BMJ (Clinical research ed.), 317(7150), 72–75.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1113463/

Sample Tools

Researching for LGBTQ Health. Key Practices for Community Engagement in Research on Mental Health or Substance Use. Retrieved from
https://lgbtqhealth.ca/projects/docs/practicesforresearchonmhandsu.pdf

Community-based participatory research: A guide to ethical principles and practice. Centre for Social Justice and Community Action, Durham University & National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement, November 2012. Retrieved from
https://www.livingknowledge.org/fileadmin/Dateien-Living-Knowledge/Dokumente_Dateien/Toolbox/LK_A_CBPR_Guide_ethical_principles.pdf