A Framework for the Dissemination and Utilization of Research for Health-Care Policy and Practice

Dobbins M., Ciliska D., Cockerill R., Barnsley, J., & DiCenso, A. (2002). A framework for the dissemination and utilization of research evidence for health care policy and practice. Online Journal of Knowledge Synthesis for Nursing, 9(7). https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1524-475X.2002.00149.x

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This framework is an updated version (2005) of the previous version entitled, the Framework for Adopting an Evidence-Informed Innovation in an Organization (2002). Based on Roger’s Diffusion of Innovation Theory (1995), the framework integrates characteristics of the innovation, environment, organization and individual(s) that influence the decision-making process and the adoption of innovation. This framework is useful for selection, implementation and evaluation of evidence-informed innovations.

Steps for Using Method/Tool

The framework guides users through a series of scenario-driven steps:

  • Knowledge – Did the search for evidence identify the most highly synthesized information? Is this valid to our setting?
  • Persuasion – What characteristics are likely to influence the decision-making process?
  • Decision – What key stakeholders should be involved?
  • Implementation – What strategies will promote behaviour change and implementation of researching findings in our environment?
  • Confirmation – What indicators should we use to evaluate the successful implementation of our research findings? What indicators should be used to measure change?

These summaries are written by the NCCMT to condense and to provide an overview of the resources listed in the Registry of Methods and Tools and to give suggestions for their use in a public health context. For more information on individual methods and tools included in the review, please consult the authors/developers of the original resources.

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