Implementation-oriented research: eight principles

Describes eight principles for implementation-oriented research:

  1. Joint agenda setting to allow for effective engagement of societal actors from business, industry, government and civil society to identify the problems
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Adapted evaluation for proposal and project evaluation with criteria emphasising societal relevance and outreach.
  5. Systemic approaches to emphasise systems perspectives and methods to better address “complexity, trade-offs, multiple scales, non-linearity and inherent uncertainty”.
  6. 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.”
  7. 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.”
  8. 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:

Posted: September 2015
Last modified: September 2015