When are research findings like a potato? Find out in our new impact and implementation bitesize training
27 March 2023
A new ARC West bitesize training video focuses on how to increase impact from research findings and implement them in the real world.
The 10-minute video, an introduction to impact and implementation, is presented by ARC West’s Implementation Fellow Clare Thomas and Implementation Lead Sabi Redwood. They compare research findings to raw potatoes, which are only digestible and appetising once they are made into jacket potatoes, mash or chips Similarly, it is important that researchers think about how to share their findings to make them more digestible for people who can use them to inform policy and practice.
Trish Greenhalgh’s influential 2004 paper about the spread of innovation forms the structure of the mini course, which is accompanied by links to additional resources. It is aimed at researchers but would be useful to anyone thinking about how research can make a difference.
Clare Thomas said:
“With this bitesize training, we wanted to draw on the experience and knowledge in the ARC West team to introduce some of the concepts and activities involved with knowledge mobilisation and implementation.
“When we were planning it, we got feedback on the idea from lots of different people, including from researchers, Bristol Health Partners and the local Integrated Care Board. People were really supportive and keen for us to produce this kind of training resource. We hope people find it useful.”