Abstract: The evidence from health research is not often used to maximum effect. It seems that evidence alone is not enough to change practice. Many factors influence whether new knowledge is applied. Recognition of this problem has led to a rapid expansion in research into knowledge translation, to find ways to increase the sharing and implementation of research evidence. One approach gaining prominence involves stakeholders (e.g. researchers, practitioners, service users, policy-makers, managers and carers) in the co-production and application of knowledge. This approach has the potential to overcome the challenges in implementing new knowledge, but there is not yet evidence of its value. While research co-production can lead to demonstrable benefits such as policy or practice change, it may also have more subtle impacts on relationships, knowledge sharing and culture shifts. These outcomes are harder to detect and observe, requiring new tools.
This opinion paper uses six Canadian and United Kingdom case studies to explore the principles and practice of co-production and illustrate how it can influence interactions between research, policy and practice, and benefit diverse stakeholders. The authors propose a new ‘social model of impact’ to capture the many different kinds of change that result from co-produced research.
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Date Entered: 2019/01/23
Date Edited: 2019/01/23