Research-Practice Partnership Toolkit

The Injury and Violence Prevention Research – Practice Partnership Toolkit was created to highlight best practices in bridging the gap between public health research and practice, and to maximize the impact of these entities through successful partnerships. Development of effective public health interventions relies on research-to-practice and practice-to-research occurring simultaneously, each informing the other as the activity progresses. This toolkit provides practical, actionable guidance to both researchers and practitioners as they consider how their work can contribute to such an effort. Each category is tied to a “lesson learned” that was identified through discussions with Injury Control Research Centers (ICRCs), state health agencies, and community partners. The discussions led to the development of five case studies that describe key elements of successful injury and violence prevention partnerships, background on the formation of the partnership, the unique strengths that each partner brought to the table, and lessons learned about the partnership. These case studies can serve as guidance to public health entities seeking to form similar partnerships. In addition, the toolkit provides a list of useful resources to assist researchers and practitioners as they build on the lessons learned from their peers, encompassing topics such as evaluation, systems thinking, and the stages of collaboration. The toolkit also includes specific guidance and suggestions around how to initiate contact with an ICRC or state health agency.

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