Advancing IKT and Implementation Science: An Interactive Workshop Comparing IKT with Engaged Scholarship, Mode 2 Research, Co-production, and Participatory Research
Nguyen T, Graham ID, Mrklas KJ, Bowen S, Cargo M, Estabrooks CA, Kothari A, Lavis J, Macaulay AC, MacLeod M, Phipps D, Ramsden V, Renfrew MJ, Salsberg J, and Wallerstein
Presenter: Tram Duy Nguyen
Institution: University of Ottawa
Collaborative research approaches have been proposed as a strategy for increasing adoption of research findings. The objectives of this interactive workshop are:
- To present the findings of a study comparing IKT with engaged scholarship, Mode 2 research, co-production, and participatory research
- To learn from experts in the field about similarities, differences, and best practices among these collaborative research approaches
- To facilitate discussion between experts and workshop attendees about their experiences with collaborative research approaches
- To work collaboratively as a group to brainstorm/develop next steps for establishing shared understanding and communication of collaborative research approaches.
Integrated knowledge translation (IKT) is a research partnership approach that encourages researchers and knowledge users (e.g., patients, healthcare professionals, and policy makers) to work together as full team members who are actively involved in every step of the research process. We conducted qualitative interviews with experts in the field to learn from their experiences and expertise. Thematic analysis identified emergent themes relating to engagement and the partnering process.
Outline of interactive workshop:
- Introduction and background (Tram; 5 minutes)
- Introduction of presenters/experts
- Overview of study and key findings (study objective, results etc.)
- Similarities and differences: Sharing expert experiences (All presenters; 35 minutes)
- Presenters/experts will take turn sharing their experiences and expertise of various approaches
- Workshop attendees will work in small groups to share their own experiences with collaborative research approaches as well as identify similarities and differences among them
- Large group discussion (All presenters and attendees; 20 minutes)
- Summary of lessons learned and next steps
- Questions and take-home messages
Similarities between IKT and the other research partnership approaches included values and principles, financial and time investments, and essential partnering components. Differences between the approaches included: purpose, historical roots, theoretical underpinnings, and defining characteristics.
This study is the first to systematically synthesize experts’ perspectives and experiences in a comparison of research partnership approaches. Results of this work will be used to inform researchers, clinicians, and trainees in selecting an appropriate approach best suited for their research agenda. Results of this study are novel and could contribute foundational knowledge to advance IKT and implementation science.