Describes eight principles for implementation-oriented research:
- Joint agenda setting to allow for effective engagement of societal actors from business, industry, government and civil society to identify the problems
- Co-design, co-production, co-delivery and co-interpretation to allow the full integration of knowledge and experiences of stakeholders as well as joint interpretation and communication of the results.
- Process-oriented and adaptive program management to provide flexibility, creativity and learning. In addition, robust processes that are normative, goal-searching, participatory and can cope with complexity.
- Adapted evaluation for proposal and project evaluation with criteria emphasising societal relevance and outreach.
- Systemic approaches to emphasise systems perspectives and methods to better address “complexity, trade-offs, multiple scales, non-linearity and inherent uncertainty”.
- Communication, empowerment, engagement and exploitation to provide findings that are “accessible, accountable and meaningful for diverse audiences. This process of co-creation, co-delivery and co-interpretation requires special facilitation, interfacing and empowering skills that must be supported through project funding.”
- Career opportunities and recognition for inter- and trans-disciplinary researchers that provide “credit for challenging, complex projects and for designing and running dialogues and participative integrative science-for-society processes.”
- Capacity building for “funders and practitioners via training, a forum for exchange of experiences and easily available documentation of good practice.”
Although the focus is on sustainability, these principles are more broadly relevant.
Digital poster: Jäger, J. (2013). Eight Principles for Implementation-Oriented Research, digital poster #835, from the First Global Conference on Research Integration and Implementation Canberra in Australia, online and at co-conferences in Germany, the Netherlands and Uruguay, 8-11 September, 2013. You can access this digital poster as a powerpoint presentation or pdf: http://i2sconference.digitalposter.com.au/posters-list/835.
Posted: September 2015
Last modified: September 2015